NICOLAUS COPERNICUS
1473-1543


Nicolaus Copernicus was a Polish astronomer.



INTRODUCTION

Nicolaus Copernicus was a Polish astronomer who is commonly acknowledged as the founder of modern astronomy.


BACKGROUND

Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473, in Thorn, Poland, an important European trading center. His real name was Nikals Kopenik and it was Latinized to Nicolaus Copernicus. He came from a middle class background. When Nicolaus Copernicus was 10 his father died and he was raised by his uncle. His uncle gave him a good education. He studied mathematics, philosophy, astronomy and astrology at the universities of Bologna and Padua. He took a degree at the university.



ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Nicolaus Copernicus was a true Renaissance man. He also was a lawyer, tax collector, a doctor, military governor, judge, vicar-general of canon law and a Polish astronomer. Nicolaus Copernicus said that the earth was not stationary. He also said the earth turned on its axis once a day and he doubted the earth lay in the middle of the universe. He claimed that the sun was the center of the universe and all the planets revolved around the sun. He also published a book on the revolution of the heavenly bodies. His book De Revolutions was his most famous piece of work.


IMPACT

Nicolaus Copernicus's knowledge was spread to others and he also set the scene for major advances in science. Copernicus also marked the beginning of a scientific revolution and astronomy.




This was how Copernicus saw the universe.




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This page was prepared by Vikas and Stephen, Grade 8, Riverdale Junior Secondary School.