Nicolaus Copernicus Facts

Nicolaus Copernicus Facts
Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 to May 24, 1543) was a Polish mathematician and astronomer. He revolutionized astronomy by placing the Sun, rather than the earth, at the center of the Solar System. His book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), explained his model of the universe and considered a major scientific contribution.
Interesting Nicolaus Copernicus Facts:
Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun in what is now Poland.
From 1491 to 1495 he studied at the University of Krakow where he studied astronomy and mathematics.
In 1496 he entered the University of Bologna where received a doctorate in canon law but he was never ordained a priest.
He studied at the medicine at University of Padua.
From 1503 to 1510 he was the physician and secretary to the Bishop of Warmia who was also his uncle.
He undertook many diplomatic journeys for his uncle during this turbulent time.
In June 1512 he received a house with a tower and there he made many of his subsequent celestial observations.
In 1515 he observed Mars and Saturn and discovered the variability of the Earth's orbital eccentricity.
His book influenced the deliberations of the Fifth Lateran Council in their reform of the Julian calendar.
He was an advisor to the Royal Polish parliament on monetary reform and he wrote a study on the value of money.
In 1517 he formulated a quantity theory of money which states that the supply of money has a direct relationship to prices.
This remains a key theory in economics.
In 1526 he wrote a second theory of economics which came to be known as Gresham's Law and which states that undervalued currency will leave and overvalued currency will flood the market.
In 1532 Copernicus had finished his manuscript De revolutionibus orbium coelestium but refused to publish it for fear of ridicule.
By 1551 his heliocentric theory was published and quickly adopted by astronomers.

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