On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
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If you want a contemporary equivalent for Nicolas Copernicus, think of Albert Einstein working as a clerk in a patent office while he developed his Theory of Relativity. Copernicus spent his life as a government functionary in Poland, far from western Europe’s centers of learning. He studied astronomy off and on when he had the chance and attracted a single student, Rheticus, who ensured that Copernicus’s treatise on astronomy, De revolutionibus orbis coelestium [On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres], made it into print. Copernicus received a copy of the printed book only weeks before he died. De revolutionibus said that the earth revolved around the sun, contradicting more than a thousand years of received wisdom in Europe and the teachings of the all-powerful Catholic Church, which put the book on its Index of Prohibited Books.
On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, 1543 | galileo
Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Poland in 1473. His father died when he was a boy. Nicolaus was then raised by his uncle. The Catholic Church was very powerful during the time Nicolaus Copernicus lived. People who spoke out against Church teachings could be put to death. The Church taught that Earth was the most important body in the sky. It also taught that the Sun and all the planets around Earth. Nicolaus Copernicus became interested in astronomy while he was a university student in Italy. He continued to study the heavens when he returned home to Poland. His studies made him believe the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of the . He also believed the Earth once a day on its and revolved around the Sun once each year. Copernicus wrote all of his ideas in a book called On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres. The ideas written in this book led to Copernicus' title of father of modern astronomy.