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Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus, born on February 19, 1473, is one of the greatest astronomers that ever lived. Born the youngest out of four children, Copernicus’s first language was German. When Copernicus was ten his father had passed away. Copernicus's uncle adopted him and raised him. He also made sure that Copernicus got the best education available in those days. In 1491 Copernicus entered the University of Cracow where he studied mathematics and painting with astronomy as a hobby. After graduating Cracow in 1494 Copernicus returned to Torun and took a job as a canon at Fromborks Cathedral. In 1496, Copernicus attended Bolgana to study law and medicine. He later used his study of medicine to become a doctor for the poor. From his mathematics and astronomy studies, Copernicus began to question the universe and later proposed the Heliocentric hypothesis which was both controversial and revolutionary.

The common belief in Copernicus' time was that the earth was at the center of the universe but he beleived something different. Copernicus proposed the idea that the sun was the center of the universe and the planets orbited around it. This became known as the Heliocentric Solar System. Copernicus was a well known scholar. When Copernicus was only thirty he was said to have mastered all the knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, medicine, and theology.

Copernicus believed in God and was able to see God's creation in his studies. He realized that the universe could not just of happened, but that this was God. Copernicus was raised in the Catholic church. He spent much of his time at Fromborks Cathedral, and later held a postion as canon. Even though he was respected in the Catholic church, his books on Heliocentric theory were banned by the church, and were not read for 300 years.

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