Nicolaus Copernicus

1473 - 1543

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Copernicus was a Polish astronomer and mathematician who was a proponent of the view of an Earth in daily motion about its axis and in yearly motion around a stationary sun. This theory profoundly altered later workers' view of the universe, but was rejected by the Catholic church.
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List of References (96 books/articles)

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  1. Mersenne and Copernicanism

Honours awarded to Nicolaus Copernicus
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Lunar featuresCrater Copernicus
Planetary featuresCrater Copernicus on Mars
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. NNDB
  4. Kevin Brown
  5. Geometry Net (A list of about 100 links)
  6. Frombork Museum (Copernicus's death place)
  1. Science Museum Florence
  2. The Catholic Encyclopedia
  3. The Galileo Project
  4. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  5. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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