Krzysztof (Christopher) Konstanty Vorbrich, wstęp: Tadeusz Miłkowski, Warszawa 2016, s. 298, il. 3.
Seria: Biblioteka Iberyjska
Krzysztof (Christopher) Konstanty Vorbrich has got the following academic degrees: MSc Physics, MSc Astronomy, MA English Philology, PhD Physics, and PhD English Philology from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. He has conducted research under the auspices of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PASc) mainly in the domains of VLBI (short for Very Long Baseline Interferometry), and satellite/inertial integrated navigation systems. For several years he extensively researched these aforementioned navigation systems at the Institute of Flight Guidance and Control, Carolo-Wilhelmina Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany within the framework of visiting scientist stipends and within a European Commission Project conducted between this Institute and PASc. He then proceeded to research these systems at Nanyang University in Singapore, mainly within the framework of a Tan Chin Tuan visiting scientist stipend and lectured on these systems under an invitation from universities in New Zealand and Australia and during scientific conferences in the UK and the USA. He also holds an Ocean Going Yacht Master and glider pilot qualifications and is therefore competent as a professional seaman and both ocean and aviation navigator using this garnered expertise in his practical scientific research on the satellite/inertial systems resulting in scientific publications. In the fields of physics, astronomy and their history, and the philosophy of science, he has researched the theories of Copernicus, Newton, and Einstein in a Space Research context. In the field of English Philology, amongst others, he has extensively researched the history and philosophy of British belles-lettres, as well as scientific and maritime literature within the Pacific Rim. In doing so he has continued his above-mentioned scientific research with a deep humanistic orientation. He has published more than one hundred scientific papers, five academic books and one commemorative book on sport sailing for the Academic Sport Association.
The book by Dr. K. Vorbrich dedicated to the question of the reception of the great treatise of Copernicus in 16th-, 17th-, and 18th-century England is a detailed and penetrating analysis of the debate on the revolutionary oeuvre of this astronomer […]. The author emphasizes the great significance of Copernicus’ theory for the development of modern science in England [and] reluctance of English scholars to propagate the heliocentric theory […] The theological aspects of these disputes are exceptionally important. […] The author aptly ends his line of English scientists and theologians, who took part in the Copernican controversy, with Sir Isaac Newton.
from the Foreword by dr hab. Tadeusz Miłkowski