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Nicolaus Copernicus was a Polish astronomer best known for the astronomical theory that the sun is stationary and Earth spinning on its axis once daily revolves around the sun annually He was very intelligent and was educated at various universities If Copernicus hadnt challenged Pltolmys theory it would have affected us in many ways Space travel satellites and weather prediction would not be as advanced Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February 19 1473 in Torun Poland Wood 87 He was born into a family of merchants Copernicus uncle Bishop Lukasz Watzerode made sure his nephew obtained a solid education In 1491 Copernicus enrolled in Jagiellonian University From there he studied liberal arts for four years but received no degree Like many others he went to Italy to study medicine and law Smith 1039 Before he left his uncle appointed him a church administrator in Fronbork He then used the money from there to pay for school Copernicus began to study canon lay at the University of Bologna in 1497 At that time he was living at the home of mathematics professor Domenico Maria de Novara Copernicus astronomical and geographical interests were greatly inspired by Novara Westman Around 1500 Copernicus gave speeches on astronomy to people in Rome Later that year he gained permission to study medicine at Padua University Copernicus without completing his medical studies received a doctorate in canon law from Ferrara in 1503 after which he returned to Poland to take up his administrative duties Smith 1039 From 1503 to 1510 Copernicus stayed in his uncles bishop palace in Lidzbark Warmiski From there he published his first book a Latin translation of letters on morals by a Byzantine writer Between the times of 1507 and 1515 he completed a short astronomical book It was not published until the 19th century Wood 87 The main premises of the Copernican theory were that Earth rotates daily on its axis while revolving yearly around
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