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Nicolaus Copernicus

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Transcript of Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus
Biography
Born February 19, 1473 in Thorn, Poland
Son of a wealthy merchant
Studied mathematics and astronomy
University of Krakow
Studied law and medicine
University of Bologna, Padua, Ferrara in Italy
Scientific Inquiry
Founder of modern astronomy
Sun is center of universe
20 years later, delivered theory
Insights
Passion can lead to discovery
Persevere, even if other people think you are wrong
Because of Nicolaus, we know that the planets revolve around the sun
One person can, and does, make a difference

Heliocentric Theory
Helios- Greek word for Sun
Kentron- Greek word for Center

Opposed Geocentrism- which placed Earth at the center of the universe

Facts
Alive at the same time of Columbus
Never saw his findings published
100 years later Galileo wrote about Copernicus' theory in Italian (Copernicus' theory was in Latin)
Led to many other discoveries
Father of modern astronomy and led to the Scientific Revolution
Physician, scholar, economist, translator, mathematician, artist, dipolmat
Chemical element Coperniceum is named after him
If he was alive today he'd be 540 years old
"Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe"
Theory
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