Dennis Richard Danielson
I grew up in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, surrounded by the ocean and obsessed with birds and fish. Perhaps this is what gave me my taste for awe-inspiring and beautiful things, helped along by my subsequent study of philosophy and literature, by the eventual harmonious influence of my wife, Janet Henshaw Danielson, who is a composer, and by John Milton, whose epic Paradise Lost spans the whole physical universe and then some. In any case, my teaching and research interests are now an amalgam of poetry, history, and science, with an emphasis on the literature of cosmology.
Paradise Lost by John Milton, Parallel Prose Edition
CBC Radio Interview, December 9th, Milton's 400th Birthday.
The First Copernican:
What others have said:
“An illuminating picture of the intellectual and cultural life of Germany as the new science made its impact.”
“Here is the definitive story, brilliantly researched, of the troubled young rebel who persuaded the reluctant Copernicus to publish his radical sun-centered cosmology. Danielson captures the compelling yet sobering saga of Georg Joachim Rheticus.”
“What we now call the Copernican Revolution started with an army of one solitary soldier—Georg Joachim Rheticus. After the death of Copernicus, Rheticus himself became a celebrated scientist and teacher, until his self-destructive lifestyle robbed him of his possessions and his university position. In an uncanny repetition of history, Rheticus was rescued by a young man who sought him as a mentor, just as Rheticus had sought out Copernicus years before. Dennis Danielson tells this pivotal story in the history of ideas with authority, compassion, and excitement.”
—Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets
“In The First Copernican, Dennis Danielson brings learning, admiration and precise scholarship to the task of writing the first popular biography of this puzzling figure. ... His elegant, well-illustrated book brings back to life a lost world of 16th-century scholars and their ways. More important, it is a model attempt to connect a protagonist’s scientific work with his emotional and personal life, without engaging in exaggeration or bathos.”
Podcast interview on The First Copernican on Astronomy.com - click here.