Quotations and Opinion of Nicolaus Copernicus By Sameer Malik#14 Ms. Sexton 12/12/11
Quotations by Copernicus- mathematics"mathematics is written for mathematicians.”• When Copernicus was invited to a church meeting to reform the calendar, no one could understand him except the main calendar reformer, Paul of Middelburg, bishop of Fossombrome.• Later, when Copernicus was writing his dedication in De Revolutionibus in 1542, he said, "mathematics is written for mathematicians.”• He made notice of people like Paul who knew mathematics well enough to comprehend Copernicus• Unlike other people, who did not have such skill in mathematics, therefore unable to understand Copernicus.
Quotations by Copernicus- Earth “The center of the earth is not the center of the universe, but only of gravity and of the lunar sphere.”• What Copernicus meant was that the Earth is not in the middle of the universe (the Sun is), and that the Earth is only the middle of gravity and the “lunar spheres.”
Quotation by Copernicus- Universe "The massive bulk of the earth does indeed shrink to insignificance in comparison with the size of the heavens."• The earth is not the center of the universe, but it is only a small part of it.
Opinion• Copernicus made me look at astronomy in a new way. Now when I look at the night sky, I try to find the planets and the stars.• I think that Copernicus was a brave guy. It takes courage to oppose the traditional ideas of people. He was set on discovering the truth of planetary motion, and that is very risky. Yet he overcame the odds and managed to pass away from old age.
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