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Vol. 20 No. 2 (2023)

Owen Gingerich (1930-2023): astronomer, historian, metaphysician

10 October 2023


Obituary in memory of Owen Gingerich.


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  5. Caspar, Max. Kepler, translated and edited by C. Doris Hellman, With New Introduction and References by Owen Gingerich. Bibliographical Citations by Owen Gingerich and Alain Segonds. New York: Dover, 1993.
  6. Cedillo Diaz, Juan. Ydea astronomica de la fabrica del mundo y movimiento de los cuerpos celestiales. Traducción de De revolutionibus I-III, por Nicolás Copérnico, edited. by M. Á. Granada and F. Gómez Crespo. Barcelona: Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2019.
  7. DeVorkin, David. Interview of Owen Gingerich, on 2005 October 18, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD USA,
  8. Dobrzycki, Jerzy. Selected Papers on Medieval and Renaissance Astronomy. Edited by J. Włodarczyk and R. L. Kremer. Warsaw: Institute for the History of Science Polish Academy of Sciences, 2010.
  9. Galluzzi, Paolo, ed. Novità celesti e crisi del sapere, Atti del Convegno internazionale di studi galileiani. Florence: Giunti Barbèra, 1984.
  10. Gingerich, Melvin, and Ruth Runion-Slear (2004), “Gingerich (Gingrich, Guengerich, Gingery) family”. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved from,_Guengerich,_Gingery)_family&oldid=126136.
  11. Gingerich, Owen. “Kepler”. In Dictionary of Scientific Biography, edited by Charles C. Gillespie, vol. 7, 289-312. New York: Charles Scribner’s Son, 1970-1980.
  12. Gingerich, Owen. “Copernicus and Tycho”. Scientific American 229, 6 (1973), 87-101.
  13. Gingerich, Owen. “Remarks on Copernicus’ Observations”. In The Copernican Achievement, edited by Robert S. Westman, 99-107. Berkeley-Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 1975.
  14. Gingerich, Owen. “Dissertatio cum Professore Righini et Sidereo Nuncio”. In Reason, Experiment, and Mysticism in the Scientific Revolution, edited by M. L. Righini Bonelli and W. R. Shea, 77-88. New York: Science History Publications, 1975.
  15. Gingerich, Owen. “Phases of Venus in 1610”. Journal for the History of Astronomy xv (1984), 209-210.
  16. Gingerich, Owen, ed. Astrophysics and Twentieth-Century Astronomy, to 1950, vol. 4 A of the General History of Astronomy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
  17. Gingerich, Owen. “Johannes Kepler”. In The General History of Astronomy, edited by M. Hoskin, vol. 2, 54-78. Planetary astronomy from the Renaissance to the rise of astrophysics, Part A: Tycho Brahe to Newton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
  18. Gingerich, Owen. The Great Copernicus Chase and other adventures in astronomical history. Cambridge MA and Cambridge UK: Sky Publishing Corporation, 1992.
  19. Gingerich, Owen. The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler. New York: The American Institute of Physics, 1993.
  20. Gingerich, Owen. An Annotated Census of Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus (Nuremberg, 1543 and Basel, 1566). Leiden-Boston-Köln: Brill, 2002.
  21. Gingerich, Owen. “Scientific Cosmology Meets Western Theology: A Historical Perspective”. In J. Miller, ed., Proceedings of AAAS “Cosmic Questions” Conference, Washington, DC, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 950, 28-38.
  22. Gingerich, Owen. The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus. New York: Walker & Company, 2004.
  23. Gingerich, Owen. “Tycho Brahe and the Nova of 1572”. In 1604-2004: Supernovae as Cosmological Lighthouses, edited by M. Turato, S. Benetti, L. Zampieri and W. Shea. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, vol. 342, 2005, 3-12.
  24. Gingerich, Owen. “The Invisible Astronomical Network, 1543-1600”. In Astronomy as a Model for the Sciences in Early Modern Times, edited by M. Folkerts and A. Kühne, 163-173. Augsburg: Dr. Erwin Rauner Verlag, 2006.
  25. Gingerich, Owen. God’s Universe. Cambridge MA-London: The Belknap Presss, 2006.
  26. Gingerich, Owen. “The Curious Case of the M-L Sidereus Nuncius”. Galilaeana vi (2009), 141-165.
  27. Gingerich, Owen. “The Mystery of the Missing 2”. Galilaeana IX (2012), 91-101.
  28. Gingerich, Owen. God’s Planet. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.
  29. Gingerich, Owen. Copernicus: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  30. Gingerich, Owen and Van Helden, Albert. “From Occhiale to Printed Page: The Making of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius”. Journal for the History of Astronomy, xxxiv (2003), 251-267.
  31. Owen Gingerich and Albert Van Helden. “How Galileo Constructed the Moons of Jupiter”. Journal for the History of Astronomy xlii (2011), 259-264.
  32. Gingerich, Owen, and Robert S. Westman. The Wittich Connection: Conflict and Priority in Late Sixteenth-Century Cosmology. Philadelphia: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 1988.
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  43. Shea, William R. “Owen Gingerich’s Curious Case”. Galilaeana VII (2010), 97-110.
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