“If the Lord Almighty had consulted me before embarking on creation, I should have recommended something simpler.”
King Alfonso X, commenting on the Ptolemaic model of the universe
The Copernican revolution has the distinction of being the first, by far the most protracted, and irrefutably the most important of all scientific revolutions. By demonstrating that it was possible to improve on the knowledge of the ancient scholars, Copernicus reawakened the spirit of scientific inquiry and kick-started the entire scientific age.
Copernicus lived between 1473–1543. Aside from his years of study in Italy, he spent his entire life in northern Poland. He was ...