Scientific Revolution Research

By: Nhu Nguyen

Heliocentric Theory

The Heliocentric theory is when the Earth and other planets all revolve around the sun. Copernicus stated that the sun was the center of the solar system, not the Earth. It is a model or representation of the sun being in the center.

Nicholas Copernicus

Copernicus was a renaissance mathematician and astronomer who came up with the theory that the Sun was the center of the universe rather than the Earth. He called it the Heliocentric Theory.

Early Life

Born: February 19, 1473 in Torun, Poland

Death: May 24, 1543 in Frauenberg, Poland

His father passed away when he was 10 years old, his uncle stepped up and took him into his hands and gave him the education he needed. His family was very wealthy and they became even wealthier. He interested himself into astronomy but never studied into it. He finished his law degree but when he went into medicine, he never finished practicing, he went onto other things.

Interest and Influences

He became interested in astronomy at an occurring age. He read many books about astronomy. One of the books that he consulted on had an alternative to Ptolemy's model of the universe. After seeing that, he became fascinated and very intrigued that he made his own model.

Key Events and Inventions

-His dad passed away and he went with his uncle who could assure him good education.

-The books he got were one of the biggest influences he had.

-He made his very own model of the universe. His model of the universe was only a theory, but later it was proved to be true.

Copernicus helped us see space and science more differently. It helped shape our universe into what it is now. As the Catholic Church thought that the Earth was the center of the universe, Copernicus thought differently, thanks to him we know now that the Sun is the center of the universe.


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