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In the 1500s and 1600s some startling discoveries radically changed the way Europeans viewed how and why things happened in the physical world Three scientists who contributed to these changed were Nicolaus Copernicus Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton These scientist changed some beliefs of which many had been believed for all of time For almost all of time the geocentric theory was believed to be true This theory suggested that all planets revolved around the Earth In 1543 Polish scholar Nicolaus Copernicus published On the Revolutions of the Heavily Spheres In this book a new theory was proposed that all planets including Earth revolved around the sun This was called the heliocentric theory This theory went against religious beliefs and many peoples view of everyday life Since people ever wondered about the planets and how the move it was believed that all planets moved around the Earth This was a religious belief that was challenged by the new idea of the heliocentric model Still the heliocentric model was eventually proven to be a fact and still stands today Copernicus thoughts were believed by some but denied the majority of the time His thoughts were carried on to Galileo Galilei Galileo created an astronomical telescope and viewed the planets as much as anyone in the world He came to find that moons orbited around certain planets This helped support Copernicus theory His discovery caused an uproar again challenging the beliefs of the church and many others This time many more people supported the heliocentric theory which in turn changed society forever Galileos supporting of Copernicus theory brought him to trial His case was dropped when he said publicly that his supporting of Copernicus theory was incorrect He said this publicly but deep inside he knew he was right The throry that planets revolved around the sun had been discovered The reason they did this was still unknown That question was left up to
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