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November 24, 2008

Copernicus

by @ 2:58 pm. Filed under Current Events

Nicolaus Copernicus, born February 19, 1473…He called his book De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium. Simply put, Copernicus believed the planets, including earth, revolved around the sun. The theory was Earth shattering in 1514 (excuse the pun). Copernicus died in 1543, but through the centuries the location of his burial has baffled historians. Jerzy Gassowski, head of the Archeology and Anthropology Institute in Poland announced last week they had identified the body of the famed astronomer. Researchers have successfully matched DNA from strands of hair found in a book owned by Copernicus with DNA from an unknown body buried in the Frombork Cathedral in Poland. Using the scientific method (what else) researchers hypothesized that the unknown body is in fact that of the astronomer. Now that we have found the heliocentric’s corpse I think it is time we find his real name also. Through the years numerous versions of his name have appeared…there is Nicolaus Coppernic, there is Nicolai Copernici, there is Nikolaus Kopernikus and final there is Coppernicus…but I guess if I was expostulating a theory which turned the religious and scientific world upside down, I might go by a few different names also.

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