Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was a Polish mathematician and astronomer of the Renaissance, who formulated a model of the universe in which for the first time he put the Sun at the center of the universe instead of the Earth.
The publication of the Copernicus model in his book From revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the revolutions of the celestial spheres), just before his death in 1543, it was an event of great importance in the history of science, and triggered the Copernican revolution, contributing importantly to the scientific revolution of his time.
Today we wanted to bring you some of his best quotes, don't miss them.
Famous quotes from Copernicus
Knowing that we know what we know and knowing that we don't know what we don't know, that is the true knowledge.
Nature never does anything superfluous, nothing useless, and knows how to draw multiple effects from a single cause.
I am not so in love with my own opinions that I ignore what others may think about them.
We consider it as a certainty that the earth, enclosed between two poles, is limited by a spherical surface.
In the middle of everything is the Sun. Well, who in this beautiful temple would put this lamp in a better place, from which everything could be illuminated?
Because it is an astronomer's duty to compose the history of celestial movements through careful and expert study.
First, we must know that the universe is spherical.
Each light has its shadow, and each shadow has a backlight.
The movement of the Earth alone is enough to explain so many apparent inequalities in the heavens.
The Universe is created by an extremely good and orderly Creator.
As sitting on a royal throne, the Sun rules the family of planets that revolve around you.
The sky of the fixed stars is the highest of all that is visible.
The enormous mass of the earth certainly becomes insignificant compared to the size of the heavens.
The ocean envelops the Earth and fills its deepest chasms.
Since the sun remains stationary, everything that appears as a movement of the sun is due rather to the movement of the earth.
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
Now I will remember that the movement of the celestial bodies is circular, since the appropriate movement for a sphere is the rotation in a circle.
For a traveler that goes from anywhere to the north, the daily rotation pole gradually rises higher, while the opposite pole descends by an equal amount.
If by chance there are (charlatans) who, even being ignorant of all mathematics, presuming a judgment on them for some passage of the scriptures, malignantly distorted of their meaning, dared to reject and attack this structuring of mine, I do not at all their case, to the point that I will condemn their judgment as reckless.
Nations are not ruined by a single act of violence, but gradually and almost imperceptibly by the depreciation of their currency, through its excessive amount.
To know the powerful works of God, to understand his wisdom and majesty and power; To appreciate, in degree, the wonderful functioning of its laws, surely all this must be a pleasant and acceptable way of worshiping the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more grateful than knowledge.
The earth and its surrounding waters must, in fact, have a shape as revealed by its shadow, since it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle.
Those things I am saying now may seem dark, but they will clear up in their proper place.
The strongest affection and the greatest zeal should, I believe, promote studies related to the most beautiful objects, which most deserve to be known.