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On February 19 1473 Nicolaus Copernicus was born destined to be one of the most influential men in scientific history Throughout his years Copernicus has contributed many thoughts to science The Autograph De Revolutionibus preserved in the Jagiellonian Library is a result of work of the great scholar In May 1514 Copernicus had written and tastefully distributed in text his Commentariolus the first outline of those wiles eventually substantiated in De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres 1543 This piece confronted the geocentric cosmology that had been uncompromisingly accepted since of Aristotle Copernicus proposed that the Earth along with other planets revolved around a central Sun could account in a simpler way for the same observed phenomena of the daily rotation of the heavens the annual movement of the Sun through the ecliptic and the sporadic motions of the planets The new theory that Copernicus advocated in De Revolutionibus exhibits an irregular fusion of both drastic and traditional basics But Copernicus still held to the ancient Aristotelian principles of solid celestial spheres and perfect circular motion of heavenly bodies and the entire Aristotelian physics of motion He clung to the Ptolemaic version of planetary motion by means of complex mixtures of circles called epicycles These aspects of the Copernican expositions do not alleviate the innovation or the impact of the final theory or the authors unyielding certainty that his system was an accurate depiction of physical reality The articulation of the heliocentric theory by Copernicus launched the foundation of the scientific revolution The publication of De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium was a break through contribution in history By referring to the Earth a daily motion around its own axis and a yearly motion around the stationary Sun Copernicus developed a thought that had vast insinuations for the rise of modern science Therefore the Earth could no longer be considered the center of the cosmos Instead the Earth would be considered
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