Did you know that Nicolaus Copernicus was born today in 1473? He was a mathematician, astronomer, physician, translator, governor, diplomat, economist, and more. Before Copernicus, the common model of the universe put the Earth at the center. In Copernicus’ model, the Sun is at the center. This idea is one of the most important events in the history of science. It would encourage other future scientists, such as Galileo, to study the world around them and to make new discoveries of their own.
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Copernicus’ new ideas did not immediately generate great controversy. However, six decades later the Church did take official action against Copernicus’ books as well as the scientists that championed his idea of a heliocentric universe.