The Revolutions Of The Heavenly Bodies

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The Scientific Revolution is said to have begun when Nicholas Copernicus released his book, The Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies, in 1543. He released this book right before he died because he knew that he would be accused of heresy. The church, at this time, believed that the Earth was the center of the universe. Because he was trying to say that the church was wrong, he knew that he could not release his book. He waited until right before his death to release his book. The timing of the release of Copernicus’ book was an essential part of the Scientific Revolution because the Church could not confront him after the book was released. The idea that the Earth was the center of the universe was not challenged until about 1507 when Nicholas Copernicus went to Rome and chaired the mathematics department. He wanted to find out how Earth works so that he can glorify God. His findings, however, contradicted the church’s scriptures, or more specifically, the Bible. Because his work had no backing, he could not prove that his theory was valid and therefore could not confront the Church. His findings were ahead of his time. Nicholas Copernicus was a Polish monk, astronomer, and mathematician. He studied medicine in Padua and later took the chair of mathematics in Rome. He was respected by the church so much he was called to Rome by the church to help with the reform. Copernicus wanted to find, for the church, the meaning of the universe. He knew that his findings would
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