Robert S. Westman is Professor of History and Director of the Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego.
“[An] enormously erudite treatment.” - Science
“A rich, multifaceted work.” - Renaissance Quarterly
“An extraordinary book written by one of the finest historians of science.” - New Books In Science, Technology, And Society
“This important work—massive, original, provocative, and potentially transformational—is the culmination of a lifetime’s work.” - Quest: History Of Spaceflight
“Westman proposes a radically new approach to his subject, which will surprise more than one specialist in Copernican studies.” - Journal For The History Of Astronomy
"The Copernican Question opens a number of significant interpretive paths. . .It reframes Copernicus deeply in the social practices and institutions of early modern mathematical culture [and] gives the broadest, richest account yet available of the pan-European institutional dynamics of that culture." - Fides et Historia
“Westman takes readers back to the 15th century, showing the transformation of thought from mysticism and astrological predictions to the beginning of modern science, with the contributions of Galileo and Newton. - Recommended.” - Choice
“Now, more than forty years after [Westman] began work, twenty-five years after he announced the book as forthcoming, twenty years after he decided his first project was insufficiently ambitious, six years after he came to a sort of a stop – now, at long last, we have this vast (and beautifully produced and illustrated) book to hold in our hands.” - Times Literary Supplement
“This substantial book is magnificent in command of materials and in its clear presentation of them all. We see astrology giving way to astronomy. We understand the forces both progressive and regressive in the age of vast alteration beginning in the last decade of the fifteenth century. We grasp the movement toward the first decade of the seventeenth. . . . With extraordinary illustrations, this is a wonderful book.“ - Bibliotheque D'humanisme Et Renaissance
"[A] powerful, thoughtful reinterpretation of the entire period from around 1500 to around - Metascience
1700. . .This is an important book. Get it and read it carefully. . . . Westman has made a major contribution to the new picture that is emerging of Copernicus's life and work."
"Without a doubt, The Copernican Question is a landmark in what was already one of the most intensely studied topics in the history of science." - The British Journal for the History of Science
"This is a towering achievement. . . .Westman is a gifted writer who knows how to maintain the interest of the reader who is not an expert in astronomy." - American Historical Review
". . .a towering achievement not only because it covers an extended period of time but also because Westman is a gifted writer who knows how to maintain the interest of the reader who is not an expert in astronomy." - American Historical Review
"a radical and largely unanticipated interpretation of the history of Copernican heliocentrism. . .This book is indispensable and will remain at the center of the scholarly debate for a long time to come." - Galilaeana