He used evidence to prove a theory. And yet, after all these years, the majority of human beings are still religious.
Copernicus doesn’t come up in day-to-day conversations, but perhaps he should: He is considered the founder of modern astronomy and single-handedly changed the way we think about our place in the universe by positing that the Earth revolved around the sun, and not the other way around. He remains a patron saint to those who like to question the rules.
And, let’s face it: The plots of sci-fi movies and TV shows such as “Prometheus” and “Star Trek” are all the more fascinating because of our understanding of this great galaxy of ours — and the galaxies beyond. And we have Copernicus, among others, to thank for that.
Copernicus was born in Poland in 1473 and as a young man became…
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