Nicolaus Copernicus

BY: Austin Schmidt


Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland on February 19, 1473. he was born to a wealthy family so he received a good education from many schools that included the university of Cracow, Bologna, Padua, and Ferrara. he studies mathematics and austronomy.


Before Copernicus the accepted model of the universe was the geocentric model where the Earth was the center of the universe. Copernicus did not agree with that because it was all guesses so he constructed the heliocentric model in which the sun was in the center. He used math to prove his theories. This was very dangerous because what the bible implies is that the Earth is the center of the universe and the church does not like to be wrong.

Geocentric model

Heliocentric model


His heliocentric model is the basis of what our solar system looks like today. He is one of the first scientists that went up against the churches ideas so he could be one of the key starting factors of the renaissance.

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