Copernicus

Copernicus’ work on planetary motion stood an a very high mathematical level

for his times. His theory explained how all the celestial bodies move around

the Sun. It took Nicolaus 30 years of mathematical research to form a theory

about planetary motion. The three most popular instruments which Copernicus

used were quadrant, armilla, and triquetrum. All furnish some measure of the

position of the heavenly body. It took an endless amount of mathematical

calculations to come up with the Copernicus’ theory. He had to find out how

fast the Earth spins around the Sun, and how far the Sun is. He also had to

calculate the length of the orbit of the Earth. People use math in every walk

of life. In our days everything is related to math, and Copernicus used his

knowledge of mathematics to provide the human kind with an important discovery.

Only a small amount of people are interested in Copernicus’ work. If it

wasn’t for Copernicus’ love of scientific truth, the people would not know that

the Earth spins around the Sun, and not the other way around. That’s way we

should live with the knowledge that someone spent 30 years researching and

finding the truth, and that man was Nicolaus Copernicus.

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