Nicolaus Copernicus was a mathematician and astronomer who proposed the theory that the sun was stationary in the center of the universe and the earth revolved around it. He lived from 1473-1543.
At the time, his theory about the sun was controversial; nevertheless, it was the start of a change in the way that the world was viewed. Since his death, Copernicus has come to be seen as the initiator of the scientific revolution.
Copernicus is one of the many brilliant men and women included in our Great Scientists collection! You can learn more about that collection here.
This video does a good job of explaining the universe according to Copernicus. It is interesting to note that his beliefs were considered to be anti-Biblical at the time.
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