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Birth of Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus
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Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Poland. Copernicus will be the first scientists to construct a working heliocentric model of the solar system and his work is generally regarded as the starting point of modern astronomy.

In addition to being an accomplished astronomer, Copernicus will also be a mathematician, a diplomat, an economist, an artist, and a translator (among many other things). Although his work isn't immediately and widely accepted, Copernicus' ideas will undermine centuries of assumption and superstition.

Indeed, Copernicus' discoveries carry consequences not everyone today fully recognizes. Copernicus began his studies in 1492, a fateful year of human history because it heralds an age of discovery, the doubling of the size of the known world, and a rapid broadening of people's minds. People start becoming more willing to accept new ideas about the nature of the world around them, something Copernicus will deliver.

Copernicus distills a lifetime of thought and effort into his book De Revolutionibus Orbium Caelestium because he is aware of the book's eventual place in history. He is also conscious of the conservative social and religious forces which would oppose his ideas.


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