Nicolaus Copernicus Polish astronomer who began the revolution that overthrew more than years of astronomical thought Since the time of Ptolemy in the second century AD the Earth had been considered to be the immovable centre of the universe From Copernicus developed a mathematical model for his heliocentric theory in which the Earth was said to be one of several planets moving around the Sun Copernicus feared persecution by the Roman Catholic Church and delayed publication of his book The Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres until near his death He received his copy from the printers on the day he died The book was banned by the Roman Catholic church from until Artwork from Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
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