By John Freely
One of the best polymaths of his or any age - linguist, attorney, physician, diplomat, flesh presser, mathematician, scientist, astronomer, artist, cleric - Copernicus gave the realm arguably an important medical discovery of the fashionable period: that earth and the planets revolve round the sunlight and that the earth rotates on its axis as soon as each 24 hours. His heliocentric idea and the discoveries that might stick with ushered within the age of recent astronomy, known as the Copernican Age, and alter the best way we glance on the universe without end. This exceptional and arguable trust - born of a fusion of the theories of the nice students of antiquity and the data of the medieval Islamic international - was once immortalised in Copernicus' epic "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium", a booklet whose first actual revealed replica used to be positioned into his arms in the mean time of his loss of life in 1543.
Here, for the 1st time, is a biography of Copernicus that not just describes his theories however the lifetime of the fellow himself and the epic, exciting occasions during which he lived.
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