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12 pages (2008/1907); 125KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00356
"Nicolaus Copernicus . . . began to believe that the earth went round the sun about 1507 and from that time until his death worked, more or less intermittently, on his exposition of his theory. He delayed the publication of this exposition because afraid of being accused of heresy. The reason was this: If the earth were the center of the universe, then man might well be the greatest object of God's care: if, however, the earth was one of many planets, and not the largest one, then why should man be so important in the scheme of the universe? It was this aspect of the theory that Copernicus feared, and this was the underlying ground of the subsequent attacks against it by the Church.
"Copernicus died May 24, 1543, just as his book was published. The knowledge of the time was not sufficient to 'prove' his theory; his great argument for it was from its simplicity as compared to the epicycle hypothesis." -- Oliver Joseph Thatcher