- Copernicus is believed to be the first person to come up with the Heliocentric Theory, a very important discovery of The Middle Eastern Time. -This theory, although kept secret, was one of the starting points of the Scientific Revolution -Others that came upon this theory as well started off from his contributions to science. -How would the Middle Eastern world have been different without his ideas? -How would, even now, the present have been changed?
Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland on February 19 th 1473. Unfortunately he died after 70 years on May 24 th 1543 in Frauenburg, Poland, but during his life span he made some remarkable discoveries. His father, Niklas Koppernigk, was a very wealthy merchant and cleric (a priest or minister of the Christian church). After his father passed away, Copernicus went onto his education. He spent the year of 1500 in Rome teaching math in Frauenburg, and then from 1506-1512 he acted as a medical support for his Uncle. Copernicus discovered a theory that greatly changed Renaissance Europe and the generations to come. He developed what he called the heliocentric theory, this meant that he believed that the Earth and the planets surrounding it, orbited around the Sun that was the centre of the universe.
Copernicus started what is now referred to as the Copernican Revolution. He found out new information and ideas that started great astronomers and mathematicians on their paths. A year before he died, he wrote a book including all his theories. After he died, it was published and destroyed 2000 years of mislead facts, mainly from the church. His main idea was of the Heliocentric Theory, stating that the sun was at the centre of the universe and all the planets orbited around it. His idea’s left a big starting point for that generation and many to come.
Copernicus confirmed the theory that the earth and other planets orbit the sun for future generations. This was one of the most important theories in the scientific revolution and changed the way people thought. After Copernicus’ Theory was confirmed and published, people started to question the Churches ideas. After people saw his book and read his theories, people began to change the ways that they educated their students. This theory profoundly altered later ideas and views of our universe, causing new ideas and theories to spark.
Our main primary source from Copernicus would be his book. This included all of his theories, mainly about our solar system. It was over 400 pages long and written in Latin. This book was very good example of his works to people of his generation, and contributed greatly to our society’s understanding of this great mathematician.
The following video is an example of what his book actually consisted of.
en.wikipedia.orgNICOLAUS COPERNICUS By: Elysia, Christina and Shaelyn
R ENAISSANCE EUROPE WITHOUT COPERNICUS?• The Heliocentric Theory Importance• A Starting Point• A Middle Eastern World without these ideas?• How would, even now, the present have been changed?
THE STORY OF COPERNICUS• His life (1473-1543)• Copernicus was a Roman Catholic• His father’s death = his start in education• Teaching in Rome• A New Theory - Wrong or Right? Sciencephoto.com
AN IMPACT ON THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION• Copernican Revolution• His Published Theory: De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium• Heliocentric Theory www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/poland/3496323/Copernicus s-remains-identified.html
HIS EFFECT ON FUTURE GENERATIONS• His Theory• His Impact on Civilization and the Church• Teaching the Next Generation• Creating New Theories http://www.conservapedia.com/Nicolaus_Copernicus
PRIMARY SOURCES• “Little Commentary” – published in 1514• Consisted of very first observations• Only released to close family and friends that he trusted
PRIMARY SOURCES• His Book (Revolutionibus Orbium Celestium) – published in 1543• A Great Example of Historic Ideas.• An important source in the Scientific Revolution• Quote from book Sciencephoto.com