Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.
Volume 6, No. 2
Rheticus' Poem 'Concerning the Beer of Breslau and the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac'
Georg Joachim Rheticus (1514-1574) was central to the development and popularization of Copernicus' heliocentric theory. He is most well known for the first published account of the theory, the Narratio Prima in 1539, and his persuasion in obtaining Copernicus' manuscript for publication, De Revolutionibus (1543). Rheticus' poem 'Concerning the Beer of Breslau and the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac', written circa 1542, sheds light on two aspects of Rheticus' early involvement with the heliocentric theory. The poem helps us understand the approach to astrology which would prove decisive in Rheticus' acceptance of the heliocentric theory and offers a glimpse into Rheticus' association with Wittenberg's controversial group of young poets. This relationship significantly injured Rheticus' career and the heliocentric theory in turn.