On re-reading this opening paragraph of the Kepler chapters in Arthur Koestler’s The Sleepwalkers of , I have no trouble perceiving what. Arthur Koestler. The Sleepwalkers. A History of Man’s changing vision of the Universe. With an Introduction by. Herbert Butterfield. 1. Awakening. We can add to. An extraordinary history of humanity’s changing vision of the universe. In this masterly synthesis, Arthur Koestler cuts through the sterile.

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Stay in Touch Sign up. A heavy subject, but very interesting. Neither, surprisingly, did the Astronomia Nova, which may have been a good thing if that encouraged Catholic scholars to read it instead of Copernicus’ Revolutionibus. Want to Read saving….

The Sleepwalkers

Kepler was one of the greats. In due time, of course. His ‘earth shattering’ work was practically unreadable.

Without this background, the holders of these views sound like deluded idiots. The five parts of this book interested me to varying degrees. Computing a Bride To further his thesis on which the book draws its title from, the idea of the early universe ‘fathers’ making cancelling errors which somehow resulted into the right thing, Koestler told us about their lives and in great detail. About Arthur Koestler Arthur Koestler — was an extraordinary polymath, writer, and political polemicist.

The Road to Great Discovery Is Itself a Thing of Wonder

He is not very good at science, and it is painfully clear why he stopped with Newton: The history of cosmic theories, in particular, may without exaggeration be called a history of collective obsessions and controlled schizophrenias; and the manner in which some of the most important individual discoveries were arrived at reminds one more of a sleepwalker’s performance than an electronic brain’s.


Part 4 is the largest section and deals principally with Kepler, but als The five parts of this book interested me to varying degrees. He paints Copernicus as a timid nerd who was unable to free himself from the Ptolemaic model and strike out in a genuinely new direction, removing the cycles and epicycles altogether. It has sparked my interest to read more about the subject.

Nov 27, Denisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Manny – a reviewer below, has done a great job of providing a review and I suggest all read his! Sleepwalkere was an intellectual coward. The Parting of the Ways 1. Organization Man William White Next library review: And worst, Galileo had in fact no evidence at all to support the Copernican system against the Tychonian! Very often, especially with fiction, it is almost the only way.

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Sep 01, Frank Z. In both cases mystical, scientific the nature of divinity is confined, reduced, defined. Astronomy portal Literature portal. This is a book I hhe a long time ago, but which has stayed vividly in my memory. Previous Post Previous Een pleidooi voor het serieus nemen van de wetenschappelijke revolutie.

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The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe

The accounts of his personal life were also entertaining, and I loved the section about how Tycho Brahe’s son-in-law tried to manipulate him into being included as a co-author, but backed down when Kepler added financial conditions to the deal. The problem with his treatment is not so much a lack of scholarly underpinning at least as arthr from the viewpoint of the late s slwepwalkers he wrote the book but rather the extent to which his preconceived views tended to disfigure too many of his historical interpretations.


His style is quite fluent, eloquent if I may write so. He puts in more detail than he needs to, sometimes for no obvious reason, and it feels too long. Koestler uses this detailed history of human accomplishment through human means to illustrate the necessity of return to primordial truth while holding onto the underlying wisdom that we gain through various advancements.

In retrospect on Koestler’s future, we are still around as of this writingand only Voyager has made a minor step in the physical probing of the stars. I’d forgotten how much I liked this book Books by Arthur Koestler.

And quoting from Encyclopedia Britannica is no way to earn accolades from critical historians. The Crusades Older review: Sep 19, Michael Cayley rated it it was amazing Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. History, too, but again, circumstances te always favourable. May 31, Mbogo J rated it really liked it.