Nicolaus Copernicus Research Paper

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In the year of 1473, on the 19th of February, a soon-to-be, well remembered, mathematician/astronomer was born in the city of Torun, Poland. Born with the name of Nicolaus Copernicus, he was the fourth and youngest child of Nicolaus Copernicus Sr., and Barbara Watzenrode. Copernicus was, technically, born into German heritage. That being said, his primary language was german, bt many scholars believe he spoke fluently in Polish also. At ten years of age, the unfortunate happened to Nicolaus; His father passed away. After the passing of Nicolaus Sr., a maternal uncle stepped in and took over the parenting role. Nicolaus’ uncle took matters into his own hands to make sure Copernicus acquired the most outstanding education possible. Copernicus enrolled in the University of Cracow in the year of 1491. While at the university, he studied painting and mathematics. At that time, Copernicus took no classes over astronomy. Nicolaus developed a growing interest in cosmos and books. He then started a collection of books on astronomy. Following Nicolaus’s graduation from Cracow in 1494, he returned back to the city Torun. Copernicus's uncle had already had a job as a cannon arranged for him prior to his arrival. This job at Frombork Cathedral, was usually only given to priests. Such a fortunate and unusual opportunity, Copernicus took the job. He then held that job for the rest of his life. The position of a cannon allowed him to fund money to continue his studies for as long as he desired. There was really only one major downfall of the job. It took up a lot of his time, leaving him very little free time. It came to the point where academics had to come second. In the year of 1496, Nicolaus took a leave from his job. Not a two-week leave,... ... middle of paper ... ...isclaimer. But by this time, Copernicus’s health was falling. He was growing weak and elderly, and he could no longer defend his work. In addition to drawing for other scholars, Copernicus had been working on a book. The book was published in 1543, just before his death. He had dedicated his book De Revolutionibus orbium coelestium to Pope Paul III. His book was discriminating the Pope, therefore the Catholic Church banned it, and the book remained on the list of books that were forbidden to be read for nearly three centuries after. Mathematician and scholar by the name of Georg Joachim Rheticus gave Copernicus a newly printed copy of his book De Revolutionibus orbium coelstium in May of 1543. Nicolaus had recently had a stroke and he was suffering the effects of it. It is believed that Copernicus died in his bed, book-in-hand, May 24th, 1543 in Frauenburg, Poland.
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