Discovery in the New Cosmology of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo

  • Article (PDF)
  • 14 pages, 6100 words
  • Level: university

This article for the Paths of Discovery (published by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences) by Fr. George V. Coyne, S. J., Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978 to 2006, suggests “three components contained in the notion of discovery: newness, an opening to the future and, in the case of astronomical discovery, a blending of theory and observation. Discovery means that something new comes to light and this generally happens suddenly and unexpectedly.”

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