Nicolaus Copernicus

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Nicolaus Copernicus
How the earth and universe developed has been one of the most desired questions to answer since the beginning of time. It has puzzled many and still continues to do so. Questions such as: how did the earth get here? What are stars? How big is the universe? What does the universe consist of? Are just a few examples of the thousands that have asked from the past. The past century has been the most ground breaking and significant into figuring out how the universe works; Answers to all of those questions above were finally figured out. Our technology can now roam part of galaxy and give us input on what a certain something is, and possibly how it got there.

Perhaps one of the most influential men to contribute to figuring out these questions is none other than Nicolaus Copernicus who is said to be the founder of modern-day astronomy. In Copernicus’ honor the journal of Science states: “If an international holiday were to be added to the many holidays in the various calendars of the world, it should be one on which the birthday Copernicus is solemnly observed – for he discovered the universe. – New York Times.” (Science , New Series, Vol. 57, No. 1471 page 303) Copernicus was born a roman catholic on February 19th, 1473 in Torun, Royal Prussia, Poland. He was considered highly intelligent, and did just about everything. During his lifetime he was considered to be a mathematician, astronomer, jurist, physician, translator, and catholic cleric just to name a few. He was fluent in 5 different languages, but published most of his work in Latin. His work conflicted with many of the beliefs of his time about the universe, even though he was correct. This made it tough on him to publish some of his work. His most renowned piece of work, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, stated that the sun was in the middle and all the planets revolved around it, instead of the common belief of earth in the center. This arose many questions and was hard for...
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