With the enthralling style that made Longitude and Galileo's Daughter international best-sellers, Dava Sobel paints an unforgettable portrait of the Copernican Revolution. Encouraged by his German protege, Polish cleric Nicolaus Copernicus published his heliocentric model of the universe, tantalizing 16th-century mathematicians and scientists-and triggering a groundswell of opposition.
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by Dava Sobel
by Martin Gilbert
by Geoffroy de Villehardouin
by Lucinda Roy
by Guy Johnson
by W.E.B. Du Bois
by Okey Ndibe
by Robin Jones Gunn
"Copernicus's story is told in two parts: one, an account of his personal life, his roles in the Church and society, and his scientific work; the other, a play about his encounter with a young mathematician and the release of his astronomical theories. Suzanne Toren reads the history in a strong, clear, expressive voice, intelligently and with varied, natural-sounding changes in tone and emphasis. What's unnatural are the unnecessary pauses between some sentences, even between some words. The text is sometimes dry but not difficult; it doesn't need slowing down. The play is literate and the voice acting accomplished, especially that of George Guidall as Copernicus, and it moves along (including Toren's reading of stage directions), unhindered by pauses. The production has many strengths; its weaknesses could easily have been avoided. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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