Philosophy Word of the Day — Nicolaus Copernicus

Heliocentric universe, Harmonia Macrocosmica

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“Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) was a mathematician and astronomer who proposed that the sun was stationary in the center of the universe and the earth revolved around it. Disturbed by the failure of Ptolemy’s geocentric model of the universe to follow Aristotle’s requirement for the uniform circular motion of all celestial bodies and determined to eliminate Ptolemy’s equant, an imaginary point around which the bodies seemed to follow that requirement, Copernicus decided that he could achieve his goal only through a heliocentric model. He thereby created a concept of a universe in which the distances of the planets from the sun bore a direct relationship to the size of their orbits. At the time Copernicus’s heliocentric idea was very controversial; nevertheless, it was the start of a change in the way the world was viewed, and Copernicus came to be seen as the initiator of the Scientific Revolution.” (continue article)

— Sheila Rabin, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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2 thoughts on “Philosophy Word of the Day — Nicolaus Copernicus

  1. Hi Sascha,
    Thanks for the encouraging word! It’s always nice to hear that people find the blog helpful in some way. I’m impressed with your blog too. You obviously put a lot of thought into your posts, and I like how you interact with various philosophers on the topics you write on. It has a nice aesthetic quality too.
    If you’re ever interested in doing a guest post here, let me know. It’s interesting to have different viewpoints and voices presented.
    Take care,
    Chris

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