Posner Collection: March Highlight – Dean’s Choice
De Revolutionibus Orbium
Coelestium Libri VI. Nuremberg, 1543.
Copernicus made systematic astronomical observations for many years, basing his calculations on trigonometry. His heliocentric theory
of the planetary system became the cornerstone of modern astronomy.
He demonstrated how a heliocentric conception made it possible to accurately calculate planetary positions and distances from the sun and to explain the cycle of seasons, precession of equinoxes and retrograde motion of planets.
Henry Posner bought the book from rare book dealer H.P. Kraus in 1955; it was one of the first important scientific titles in the Posner collection. This copy was owned at one time by Harvard astronomy professor Robert W. Willson and has his bookplate in it.
Selected by Keith Webster, Dean of the University Libraries
Four won the day: Suchitra Ramachandran (Biological Sciences, MCS) and Arun Shrivats (Biomedical Engineering, CIT) tied for the People’s Choice award, by audience vote. Patrick Foley (Statistics, DC) placed 3rd, Suchitra Ramachandran 2nd, and David Rollinson (Robotics Institute, SCS) took 1st place.
Congratulations, and thank you to all who participated in 3MT this year.