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Science: A History 1543-2001

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7384.341/a (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:341
  1. Sanjay A Pai ([email protected]), consultant pathologist
  1. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, India

    John Gribbin

    Allen Lane, £25, pp 647 ISBN 0 713 995 033


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    The year 1543 is a watershed in the history of science. It was then that science as we understand it today was born. Until then, rhetoric, superstition, and fanciful speculation about the natural world ruled. In 1543 Copernicus published his De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, in which he stated that the earth moved around the sun, thereby demolishing Ptolemy's theory that the earth was the centre of the universe. Also in 1543, Vesalius, in De Humanis Corporis Fabrica, demonstrated the inaccuracies …

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