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Nicolas Copernicus
(1473-1543) born on
Feb 19
Polish astronomer. He was first to propose that planets revolved around the sun; wrote "Mathematics of a Heliocentric Solar System," 1543.
         
   
F
Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the systematic procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, "with both eyes open."

R
After I had addressed myself to this very difficult and almost insoluble problem, the suggestion at length came to me how it could be solved . . . if some assumptions (which are called axioms) were granted me.
A
Let us put these new hypotheses [in] public appearance among the old ones which are themselves no more probable, especially since they are wonderful and easy and bring with them a vast storehouse of learned observations.
N
Let no one expect anything of certainty from astronomy, lest if anyone take as true that which has been constructed for another use, he go away . . . a bigger fool than when he came to it.
K
If there be some who, though ignorant of all mathematics . . . dare to reprove this work, because of some passage of Scripture, which they have miserably warped to their purpose, I regard them not, and even despise their rash judgement.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium," 1543.
R: "De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium," 1543.
A: In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," ed. Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.
N: In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," ed. Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.
K: From an Internet collection of quotations.
   


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