Nicolaus Copernicus

[Revised entry by Sheila Rabin on August 5, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 - 1543) was a mathematician and astronomer who proposed that the sun
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[Revised entry by Sheila Rabin on August 5, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 - 1543) was a mathematician and astronomer who proposed that the sun was stationary in the center of the universe and the earth revolved around it. Disturbed by the failure of Ptolemy's geocentric model of the universe to follow Aristotle's requirement for the uniform circular motion of all celestial bodies and determined to eliminate Ptolemy's equant, an imaginary point around which the bodies seemed to follow that requirement, Copernicus...

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