Doctor Copernicus

Doctor Copernicus

John Banville / Aug 17, 2019

Doctor Copernicus A tour de force a fictional evocation of the great astronomer which is exciting beautifully written and astonishingly redolent of the late medieval world The Times Banville is superb there are not ma

  • Title: Doctor Copernicus
  • Author: John Banville
  • ISBN: 9780330372343
  • Page: 176
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  • A tour de force a fictional evocation of the great astronomer which is exciting, beautifully written and astonishingly redolent of the late medieval world The Times Banville is superb there are not many historical novels of which it can be said that they illuminate both the time that forms their subject matter and the time in which they are read Doctor Copernicu A tour de force a fictional evocation of the great astronomer which is exciting, beautifully written and astonishingly redolent of the late medieval world The Times Banville is superb there are not many historical novels of which it can be said that they illuminate both the time that forms their subject matter and the time in which they are read Doctor Copernicus is among the very best of them The Economist The work of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, shattered the medieval view of the universe and led to the formulation of the image of the solar system we know today Here his life is powerfully evoked in a novel that offers a vivid portrait of a man of painful reticence, haunted by a malevolent brother and baffled by the conspiracies that rage around him and his ideas while he searches for the secret of life Banville writes novels of complex patterning, with grace, precision and timing Guardian With his fastidious wit and exquisite style, John Banville is the heir to Nabokov Daily Telegraph A tour de force a fictional evocation of the great astronomer which is exciting, beautifully written and astonishingly redolent of the late medieval world The Times About The Author John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945 His first book, Long Lankin , was published in 1970 His books include Nightspawn, Birchwood, Doctor Copernicus which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1976 , Kepler which was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1981 , The Newton Letter which was filmed for Channel 4 , Mefisto, The Book of Evidence shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize and winner of the 1989 Guinness Peat Aviation Award , Ghosts, Athena, The Untouchable, Eclipse, Shroud and The Sea He has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation He lives in Dublin.

    Nicolaus Copernicus Life Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February in the city of Thorn modern Toru , in the province of Royal Prussia, in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland His father was a merchant from Krakw and his mother was the daughter of a wealthy Toru merchant Nicolaus was the youngest of Copernicus Therapeutics, Inc Better Therapies for At Copernicus, we think outside the virus, utilizing our proprietary compacted nanoparticle delivery system to treat diseases without all of the drawbacks of AAV therapies. Nicolaus Copernicus My year old astronomer in the making adores Dennis Fradin s Copernicus, the reading of which has led to a desire to visit Frombork and its Nicolaus Copernicus CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download Includes the Catholic Nicolaus Copernicus Biography life, family, death The Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was the founder of the heliocentric ordering of the planets, which at the time was a revolutionary idea that stated the Earth and other planets revolve around the Sun. Nicolaus Copernicus New World Encyclopedia Nicolaus Copernicus February , May , was one of the great polymaths of his age He was a mathematician, astronomer, jurist, physician, classical scholar, governor, administrator, diplomat, economist, and soldier.Amid his extensive accomplishments, he treated astronomy as an avocation However, it is for his work in astronomy and cosmology that he has been remembered and VisitTorun Torun Guide Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February , presumably in one of the houses in St Anna Street no or no , renamed Copernicus Street some time ago, or in a tenement in the Old City Market Square Nicolaus Copernicus was born into a family of an affluent Toru merchant, Nicolaus Copernicus Sr who was originally from Krakow. De revolutionibus orbium coelestium De revolutionibus orbium coelestium On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres is the seminal work on the heliocentric theory of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus of the Polish Renaissance.The book, first printed in in Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire, offered an alternative model of the universe to Ptolemy s geocentric system, which had been widely accepted since ancient Difference between Theory and Law Difference Between Theory and law are interrelated It is a common misconception that these two may be used alternatively Now let us take a look at each one in detail According to science, a law is a generalized statement set after a number of observations A law has no explanations or exceptions when it is framed Martin Luther Theology, Life Facts Biography Who Was Martin Luther Martin Luther was a German monk who began the Protestant Reformation in the th century, becoming one of the most influential and controversial figures in the history of

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        Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland His father worked in a garage and died when Banville was in his early thirties his mother was a housewife He is the youngest of three siblings his older brother Vincent is also a novelist and has written under the name Vincent Lawrence as well as his own His sister Vonnie Banville Evans has written both a children s novel and a reminiscence of growing up in Wexford.Educated at a Christian Brothers school and at St Peter s College in Wexford Despite having intended to be a painter and an architect he did not attend university Banville has described this as A great mistake I should have gone I regret not taking that four years of getting drunk and falling in love But I wanted to get away from my family I wanted to be free After school he worked as a clerk at Aer Lingus which allowed him to travel at deeply discounted rates He took advantage of this to travel in Greece and Italy He lived in the United States during 1968 and 1969 On his return to Ireland he became a sub editor at the Irish Press, rising eventually to the position of chief sub editor His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970.After the Irish Press collapsed in 1995, he became a sub editor at the Irish Times He was appointed literary editor in 1998 The Irish Times, too, suffered severe financial problems, and Banville was offered the choice of taking a redundancy package or working as a features department sub editor He left Banville has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1990 In 1984, he was elected to Aosd na, but resigned in 2001, so that some other artist might be allowed to receive the cnuas.Banville also writes under the pen name Benjamin Black His first novel under this pen name was Christine Falls, which was followed by The Silver Swan in 2007 Banville has two adult sons with his wife, the American textile artist Janet Dunham They met during his visit to San Francisco in 1968 where she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley Dunham described him during the writing process as being like a murderer who s just come back from a particularly bloody killing Banville has two daughters from his relationship with Patricia Quinn, former head of the Arts Council of Ireland.Banville has a strong interest in vivisection and animal rights, and is often featured in Irish media speaking out against vivisection in Irish university research.


    1. An Accidental HeroWhat was it that inspired this book? Apparently not its subject. As portrayed by Banville, Copernicus is hardly a prepossessing character. Emotionally he is vacant and incomprehensible - at times irrationally loyal to his brother, at other times completely indifferent (ditto for his cousin-housekeeper-concubine), alienated from his female siblings for reasons that are vague, essentially friendless with a chip on one of his tradesman’s son’s shoulders toward the aristocracy, [...]

    2. He was convinced that he would be granted an insight, a vision, of profound significance, before the end. Was this why he was calm and unafraid? For a couple years now I’ve had a small pile of books on the floor by my upstairs bookshelves, next to my reading chair: The Copernican Revolution, The Sleepwalkers, The Abyss. And on top, this book by Banville. All of them read. The first three at least rated (all right, only rated the last of those just now).(view spoiler)[The first two books cited [...]

    3. The Heliocentric RevolutionWhile reading this first novel in John Banville’s "Revolutions Trilogy", I was often unclear about exactly what I had got myself into.Was it a novel of ideas, or an historical novel that would dramatise the Copernican Revolution, Copernicus’ proof of the theory that the universe (or at least our solar system) is heliocentric?The ideas seemed to take a back-seat most of the time. We learn little about the cosmology for which Copernicus is best known.Instead, it was [...]

    4. I really liked the early portions of this book: Copernicus is clearly a very different, individual thinker, and his perceptions of things and people, his frequent in ability to understand them, as well as his joy in ideas, was fascinating. The later portions, especially the third section, narrated by "Rhetoricus", a young astronomer who tried to get him to publish, were frustrating -- not only because his narrative voice was less appealing, but because the historical fact that Copernicus hemmed [...]

    5. "Scritto bene" è riduttivo. Banville fa un uso artistico e acrobatico della lingua, finalmente un anglofono che non si limita al subject+verb+object e scrive frasi di cinque righe. Review in progress.

    6. It seems that who suffers the most from Copernicus's essentially (but not actually) heliocentric view of the solar system is not the Church or any professor stuck in a Ptolemaic view of the solar system; instead, it is Nicolas Copernicus himself. He knows that this revelation will hurt people who have so little to feel important about and so he keeps it mostly to himself, not publishing his great book until he is near death. While the beauty of the creative connection he makes is clear to him an [...]

    7. This book was a dismal view of life in the Renaissance and Copernicus's personal life. It is fictional, of course, developed from the few known details of his life (dates, places, relatives and who he might have studied with or under). The author makes Copernicus out to be a wimpy, tortured soul while inadequately portraying any development of genius, feeding the tired cliche' that a person of such extraordinary abilities could have any positive relationships or experiences. In the absence of an [...]

    8. Another monumental dreamer who hunted down his vision regardless of the misery it caused him in his struggles with bigots and those in authority. It's funny how these people seem often to come in pairs: Kant and Schopenhauer, Copernicus and Kepler, Newton and Einstein, Freud and Jung, the first making the fundamental breakthrough and the second making important adjustments to the initial insight. Just a thought

    9. Nicolás el hombre y su tiempoMaravillosa novela biográfica. Esperaba más datos de astronomía y me encontré con una excelente lectura que enfatiza mas la cultura de esos años y una personalidad filosófica, intensa y profusa de un médico, astrónomo, teólogo y filósofo que impactó profundamente la ciencia y la vida misma.

    10. Periodi lunghi e complicati da rileggere spesso più volte. Largo uso di figure retoriche assurde. Pagine e pagine di descrizioni inutili di personaggi e ambienti che poco arricchivano la trama.E poi atmosfere cupe, da medioevo più che da rinascimento. Utilizzo di personaggi tutti negativi, abietti, violenti e dissoluti. Forse un filosofo troverà più spunti di me nelle lunghe e contorte elucubrazioni; è già tanto che io sia arrivata alla fine!

    11. DR. COPERNICUS. (1976). John Banville. ***. This is the first novel in what was to become a trilogy for Banville about the lives of three of the most significant scientists in the field of astronomy. I’m not sure that Banville had a trilogy in mind when he wrote this one, but that’s how it turned out. It’s one of his early novels, and it has its faults, but it does display his mastery of the English language. What immediately hits you while you read this fictionalized biography is the auth [...]

    12. This is an incredible book. It is superb. Banville shows himself to be a great master here -- a worthy disciple of Joyce. I'm not even kidding -- I seldom write praise like that. But he isn't Joycean, at least, not style wise so much. Which is good. It's not derivative. But it does remind me very strongly of Portrait, a bildungsroman written with inspiration, love and blood. The prose is lovely, but that's not the end of it. Excellent narrative techniques too. More than that, the research done f [...]

    13. Poesía, metáfora y eleganciaUn texto muy fino y rico en detalles. Una personalidad enigmática y una revolución científica que desafió a la época.¡Majestuoso!No me perderé a Newton y a KeplerBanville tiene un estilo hermoso para abordar temas científicos de una forma sutil, armoniosa y encantadora.'Poesía científica para el corazón'.Y concluyo las últimas páginas con un nudo en la garganta

    14. It's hard to say exactly what I found wrong with this book, but I think it's mostly that it starts when the main character is too young, a common problem I have with these kinds of books. I don't care what happened in Copernicus' childhood that made him who he is. I care about the interesting stuff that happened when he was an adult. Sadly, there wasn't enough of that in the first half for me. And then, the book changes main characters and narrators and I just lost interest. I think if I had kno [...]

    15. This was one of the lousiest books that I've read in a long long time.Absolute drek.The writing was completely indecipherable. I swear I felt like I needed a machete to get thru all the tangled up phrases and overgrown terminology to find out just what the hell this guy was trying to say.I learned nothing- less that nothing - about Copernicus. Except this- I learned that he was a really dull and boring guy-I learned that that he knew enough to hang onto his day job while daydreaming about the un [...]

    16. Like any Banville novel, "Doctor Copernicus" will leave you scribbling down passages and page numbers on whatever surface you can find. Banville's command of language is such that you feel the need to return to him repeatedly, to share him with others. His language does not require context either, so beautiful are his sentences, so perfectly can he distill the complex, the recondite, the truth. And a book comprised of those sentences is always worth reading. "Doctor Copernicus," however, like "K [...]

    17. It's Banville, but somehow he's not quite Banville yet. You mostly read him for the prose, and as with all of his work it's expertly constructed here. But it also feels a little dry; it doesn't sing like his later work. Another part of it is the subject matter, which seems an odd fit for his writing style. In Banville's defense, he approaches it in his own unique, oblique, fractured way, seemingly sidestepping essentially every expectation you might have of a historical novel (or literary biogra [...]

    18. John Banville has a better command of the English language than anyone I've read; -- his vocabulary can stymie the most devoted literature student. And, he is a brilliant writer. DOCTOR COPERICUS is Banville through and through, letter perfect. Banville writes not only about the life of Copericus, the father of astronomy, who puts the sun at the center of the Universe and moves man to the edge. His theories mark the end of the Age of Idealism. Banville's vision of the world is cruelly stark, and [...]

    19. Another book I wish I could have finished, given an interesting subject. Mr. Banville seems like an altogether direct, hardworking man -- at least at one conference I visited, so it's not surprising but disappointing that he turns the early life of Copernicus into a melodrama full of profound moments of masturbation.At least (I think), he didn't put the poor man in lipstick and a dress, as his people did not far from his statue in Poland's capital.

    20. John Banville in this leg of trilogy of Revolutions paints a detailed sketch of Nicolas Copernicus- from his childhood to his long feeble death; his conflict in being a disciple of both the science and the church during the testing medievia in astonishingly sublime prose that only Banville is capable of.

    21. I thought this was an amazing book up until the last 50 pages but definitely worth picking up. Doctor Copernicus is much more than a fictionalized bio - its about the agonizing process of creativity and censorship, but mostly it attempts and succeeds in describing "the thing itself," the galaxy without metaphor.

    22. Gris como la Prusia del Baltico, una historia sombria sobre una mente brillante, supongo que asi era el inicio del renacimiento al norte de Italia. Mucho mas que una biografia de Copernico, es un vistazo a la historia de la epoca, las guerras entre Polonia y Alemania y la gran revolucion de Lutero contra el catolicismo. Muy interesante. Ve preparado a esta lectura, es cruda como la epoca.

    23. Beautiful prose. Deadly dull book. Utterly empty. This is the third book of Banville's I've read, the others being the second and third part of the trilogy. Prose and critical praise notwithstanding, it'll be the last. As far as I can tell, he has nothing to say.

    24. In Banville's book, the character of Copernicus gets lost in the baroque descriptions of the seamy side of life - enough suppurating, mewling, leering in this one book to fill a trilogy

    25. As dark as his work is John Banville is still one of my favorite writers. This book is no exception and surely not the account you read in school.

    26. Compelling account of the Renaissance astronomer and his times. The writing is excellent throughout, and a lot is covered in relatively few pages.

    27. Boring in a lot of ways. There are some nice moments--and good technique--however, once the plot gets engaging the story shifts to something else.

    28. This is one of the best books I've ever read, along with his Kepler - and I've read both more than onceBanville, surely one of the finest writers in the English language, is not a historical novelist as such; rather he takes historical figures to work something out: what is knowledge? How is it arrived at? What leads to it, what hampers the finding of it, and how does new knowledge fit in society?And of course the age-old question: does one discover, or invent?In other words, is a scientist a cr [...]

    29. So you're taught from a young age that, clearly, everything in creation must revolve around the good ol' Earth because not only are our eyes not lying in seeing how the sun doesn't rise or set in the same spot but as the most important people ever in the history of Important Things it's quite obvious that we're the literal and metaphorical Center of Everything. That sounds pretty reasonable.Then you read some other theories, look up at the sky again and do some other calculations and think "Wait [...]

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