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Author: John Banville
ISBN: 0393087573
Pages 241 pages
Publisher Norton; 1st edition (1976)
Language English
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Doctor Copernicus is a novel by John Banville, first published in 1976. A richly textured tale" about Nicolaus Copernicus, it won that year's James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Doctor Copernicus contains four sections

Doctor Copernicus is a novel by John Banville, first published in 1976. Doctor Copernicus contains four sections. The first two focus on the subject's life until about the age of 36. In the third, Copernicus's aide Rheticus narrates how he convinced Copernicus to publish De Revolutionibus. The fourth focuses on the great scientist's death.

Doctor Copernicus book. While 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 The Heliocentric Revolution.

Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Yet, like the works of Iris Murdoch, the philosophy and science are woven seemlessly into the novel structure, never overpowering. John Banville will win the Nobel Prize for literature one day - mark my word. There are several strenghts in this novel that I would point out.

The first in John Banville Revolutions Trilogy and winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Doctor Copernicus is a rich historical novel that explores the life of one of history's greatest scientists. 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.

Doctor Copernicus, . part of Revolutions Trilogy Series. He chose for friends the roughest brutes of boys St John’s could offer. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29. in memoriam Douglas Synnott. You must become an ignorant man again. And see the sun again with an ignorant eye. And see it clearly in the idea of it. Wallace Stevens. They gathered outside the school gates each afternoon for fights and farting contests and other fun. Nicolas dreaded that bored malicious crowd. Nepomuk Müller snatched his cap and pranced away, brandishing the prize aloft. Here, Nepomuk, chuck it here! Me,Müller,me!

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1976) (The first book in the Revolutions Trilogy series) A novel by John Banville. Awards James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1976 this historical novel is based on the life of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, whose ideas and writings shattered the medieval view of the universe. Kepler", also by John Banville, won "The Guardian" Fiction Prize in 1981. Similar books by other authors.

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 first in John Banville Revolutions Trilogy and winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Doctor Copernicus is a rich historical novel that explores the life of one of history's greatest scientists

series Revolutions Trilogy.

series Revolutions Trilogy.

Doctor Copernicus: A novel [hardcover] Banville, John [Jan 01, 1976]
Gaeuney
I loved Mr Banville's short novel, The Sea. It was a prose driven delight of a fairly simple story. Funny, moving and a complete pleasure to roll off of your ears. I found Doctor Copernicus to be plodding and, about half way through, unbearable and unreadable. I gave up. I think the problem is that Banville's excellent and superbly crafted prose stands on it's own in straight ahead stories. In Copernicus, the story is nothing if not convoluted with camps of mistrust and treachery. It needed to be told without prosaic over embellishment. I have a great amount of respect for Banville but this, was the wrong story for his style of linguistic artistry.
cyrexoff
This is the third Banville novel I have read and I find his writing exceptional and challenging. I first read The Sea and then Kepler. Doctor Copernicus, while less poetic than The Sea, is my favorite of the three.

I think it is significant that Banville in his Acknowledgments mentions Thomas S. Kuhn's The Copernican Revolution as a major source. This becomes evident in the second half of the book where Banville does an exceptional job of integrating into novel form Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolution into the narrative structure of the novel. Yet, like the works of Iris Murdoch, the philosophy and science are woven seemlessly into the novel structure, never overpowering. John Banville will win the Nobel Prize for literature one day - mark my word.

There are several strenghts in this novel that I would point out.

First, Banville captured a medieval world of turmoil, disease, filth, ignorance, and death. Yet he also captures how exceptional intelligence may be embedded in this world, rise above squalor, develop an intellectual social network for passage of ideas, and produce a product that will communicate to the future ages. And yet, Banville's genius is also to negate these concepts by revealing that exceptional intelligence is still unable to grasp the thing in itself, the nature of reality. That human squalor is a reality in all times and that Copernicus distances himself from the human condition at a price. Copernicus is also a medical physician who is powerless against the horror of syphilis. Banville also allows us no illusion that science is a process of progress marching toward truth, but he has his character Copernicus recognize that his hypotheses in fact would soon be replaced by new truth systems and these new truth systems were only a micron closer to any final reality. Thus we are presented with a picture of human genius which is shown to be limited by the short life span of humans, our inability to focus and concentrate, the wild distractions of everyday life and the pain of the human condition.

The life of Copernicus takes place during a theological revolution with political ramifications. Copernicus lives in Ermland, a Germanic state ruled primarily by his uncle, the Bishop Lucas. This tiny state falls between the Prussian and Germanic Lutheran forces and those of the Teutonic Knights and the Polish Catholic king. Thus Banville has his Copernicus experience the terrors of a theological revolution, as expressed when Copernicus must list the names of the over 2000 victims of the struggle between the Germanic states and Poland for the tiny Baltic states that lay between them. Whereas Copernicus, a Canon of the Catholic Church, no longer believes in the Medieval construction of God, neither Catholic nor Lutheran, he does cling to the rituals of Catholicism and believes that some human truth resides in these ritualistic acts that are independent of the current theology but may be linked to an ultimate reality beyond human comprehension. Thus he knows the process of revolution and he knows the revolution that his work will stimulate and he knows the costs of revolution.

Banville creates a coldly calculating Copernicus, who uses the bright but egotistical Rheticus, to move his publications forward with strategic publications and timing. That this process was supported by Catholic Bishops would indicate that there is a sub-plot in the novel of subversion of the Lutheran faith and Germanic states by taking the manuscript deep into Lutheran territory for publication and distribution. Copernicus's theories were known and discounted by Martin Luther.

The form of the novel was marvelously post-modern, using a distant all seeing narrator in the early chapters, letters and correspondence in later chapters, the acount of the angry Rheticus in the third quarter of the book, and Copernicus' death bed hallucinations as the final chapter.

The character of Copernicus is dry yet we see how this orphaned boy, reared by the cold calculating Bishop Lucas, tortured by his hedonistic brother, and finally rejecting love that he feels for young Italian physician, prepare his cold soul for the distanced work of abstracting and producing his vision of a sun centered system of planetary motion. It is his angry rejected disciple Rheticus who tells us that the world has been fooled and that the Copernican model in fact does not place the sun at the center of the universe but only offers a model for planetary motion and that the sun now becomes a smaller force in a universe without a center. Thus the Biblical world becomes completely unhinged.

The character of Rheticus is wonderfully written for he is bright but egotistical and this leads to his downfall and his being used as the method by which Copernicus could publish in a politically treacherous time. The conversations between Rheticus and Copernicus reveal that Copernicus grasped the nature of scientific revolution and thus was able to see his own work as launching a coneptual revolution with wide ramifications which one day would be overthrown also.

This is an exceptionally well written novel, complex and rewarding.
Shalizel
Written with style and complexity, little can compensate in story for the long period between Copernicus's first publication and his final paper. He did not reach the conclusion that Kepler came to, elliptical orbits, a necessary element in the theory. Copernicus knew his final computations resulted in a strange and unlikely picture of the solar system so decades went by with little action. Still, for those interested in this world-changing idea, the book is worth reading
Browelali
The book is interesting but most superficial since it ignores entirely even the most minimal description of the studies that led to the conclusion that the earth rotates the sun rather the opposite. In fact, it is rather comical that one of the most important conclusions of Copernicus's work was restricted to a single sentence and no further comment made!!!
Jugami
Banville is a great writer, but this one felt like an experiment in style. That's not a bad thing unless the reader is aware of it and then it takes away from the fun of the book.
Gardall
Lyrical, singing prose. Characters and experiences that tear at your very soul. Banville delves deeply into the mind of a genius.
Centrizius
This is a book of fiction. It did not give me a credible portrait of the man Copernicus. Many transitions of scene are rather abrupt and somehow do not seem to fit. What impressed me most is the rich vocabulary. I does create the flavour of the Middle Ages.
Not an easy style to read, but good and very interesting.