- NAME: Nicolaus Copernicus
- OCCUPATION: Mathematician, Astronomer
- BIRTH DATE: February 19, 1473
- DEATH DATE: May 24, 1543
- EDUCATION: University of Cracow, University of Bologna, University of Padua, University of Ferrara
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Torun, Poland
- PLACE OF DEATH: Frauenburg, Poland
- Full Name: Nicolaus Copernicus
- AKA: Copernicus
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Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus identified the concept of a heliocentric solar system, in which the sun, rather than the earth, is the center of the solar system.
Beneath the marble floor of Frombork Church in northeastern Poland, local legend believes that the body of famed astronomer, Nicolas Copernicus, the man who formulated the model with the sun at the center of the solar system, is buried.
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Suffering the aftermath of a recent stroke, Copernicus is said to have been clutching the book when he died in his bed on May 24, 1543 in Frauenburg, Poland.
In the 17th century, when the ban on De revolutionibus orbium coelestium was lifted, Kepler revealed to the public that the preface had indeed been written by Osiander, not Copernicus. As Kepler worked on expanding upon and correcting the errors of Copernicus's heliocentric theory,
Copernicus became a symbol of the brave scientist standing alone, defending his theories against the common beliefs of his time.
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