Nicholas Copernicus

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Nicholas Copernicus


During the time of the Renaissance in Europe, the Catholic Church was weakening due to its problems and disagreements. Also, some people had begun to question the Catholic Church’s teachings, which was also the wisdom from the Greco-Roman times. This was a revolution of scientific ideas, which was the Scientific Revolution. The wisdom of the past clashed with the wisdom of new ideas and concepts of science. Nicholas Copernicus was like the first man to initiate this revolution and paved the way for others after his death. Nicholas Copernicus was a very religious Catholic and was a Polish astronomer, who questioned the geocentric model, which was the Earth at the center of the universe.

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What did Nicholas Copernicus approve of what theory?


It was the heliocentric theory of the universe. The sun is the center of the universe, and the planets revolved around the sun.

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