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Finishing the Copernican Revolution

by Philip H. Phenix - 1960

Modern civilization—including modern education—may be interpreted as a gigantic effort to prove Copernicus wrong. Not literally, of course, for no informed person would deny the legitimacy of the heliocentric hypothesis. Yet even as respects the literal truth of the matter, it is interesting to note that today Copernican astronomy is judged superior to the Ptolemaic system only because of human preferences for descriptive simplicity and elegance.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 1, 1960, p. 83-83
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3208, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 7:12:10 AM

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