NICOLAUS COPERNICUS (/koʊˈpɜːrnɪkəs, kə-/ ; Polish : _Mikołaj Kopernik_; German: _Nikolaus Kopernikus; Niklas Koppernigk_; 19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Renaissance - and Reformation -era mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe , likely independently of Aristarchus of Samos , who had formulated such a model some eighteen centuries earlier.
The publication of Copernicus' model in his book _De revolutionibus orbium coelestium _ (_On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres_), just before his death in 1543, was a major event in the history of science , triggering the Copernican Revolution and making an important contribution to the Scientific Revolution .
Copernicus was born and died in Royal Prussia , a region that had been part of the Kingdom of Poland since 1466. A polyglot and polymath , he obtained a doctorate in canon law and was also a mathematician , astronomer , physician , classics scholar , translator , governor , diplomat , and economist . In 1517 he derived a quantity theory of money – a key concept in economics – and in 1519 he formulated an economics principle that later came to be called Gresham\'s law .
* 1 Life
* 1.1 Father\'s family * 1.2 Mother\'s family * 1.3 Languages * 1.4 Name
* 1.5 Education
* 1.5.1 In Poland * 1.5.2 In Italy
* 1.6 Planetary observations * 1.7 Work * 1.8 Heliocentrism * 1.9 The book * 1.10 Death
* 2 Copernican system
* 2.1 Predecessors * 2.2 Copernicus * 2.3 Successors
* 3 Controversy
* 3.1 Tolosani * 3.2 Theology * 3.3 Ingoli * 3.4 Galileo
* 4 Nationality
* 5 Commemoration
* 6 See also * 7 Notes * 8 References * 9 Further reading * 10 External links
Nicolaus Copernicus was born on 19 February 1473 in the city of Thorn (modern Toruń) , in the province of Royal Prussia , in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland . His father was a merchant from Kraków and his mother was the daughter of a wealthy Toruń merchant. Nicolaus was the youngest of four children. His brother Andreas (Andrew) became an Augustinian canon at Frombork (Frauenburg). His sister Barbara, named after her mother, became a Benedictine nun and, in her final years, prioress of a convent in Chełmno (Kulm); she died after 1517. His sister Katharina married the businessman and Toruń city councilor Barthel Gertner and left five children, whom Copernicus looked after to the end of his life. Copernicus never married and is not known to have had children, but from at least 1531 until 1539 his relations with Anna Schilling, a live-in housekeeper, were seen as scandalous by two bishops of Warmia who urged him over the years to break off relations with his "mistress".
_ Toruń birthplace (ul. Kopernika 15, left_). Together with the house at no. 17 (_right_), it forms the _Muzeum Mikołaja Kopernika_.
Copernicus' father's family can be traced to a village in Silesia near Nysa (Neiße). The village's name has been variously spelled Kopernik, Copernik, Copernic, Kopernic, Coprirnik, and today Koperniki . In the 14th century, members of the family began moving to various other Silesian cities, to the Polish capital, Kraków (1367), and to Toruń (1400). The father, Mikołaj the Elder, likely the son of Jan, came from the Kraków line.
Nicolaus was named after his father, who appears in records for the first time as a well-to-do merchant who dealt in copper, selling it mostly in Danzig (Gdańsk). He moved from Kraków to Toruń around 1458. Toruń, situated on the Vistula River , was at that time embroiled in the Thirteen Years\' War , in which the Kingdom of Poland and the Prussian Confederation , an alliance of Prussian cities, gentry and clergy, fought the Teutonic Order over control of the region. In this war, Hanseatic cities like Danzig and Toruń, Nicolaus Copernicus's hometown, chose to support the Polish King , Casimir IV Jagiellon , who promised to respect the cities' traditional vast independence, which the Teutonic Order had challenged. Nicolaus' father was actively engaged in the politics of the day and supported Poland and the cities against the Teutonic Order. In 1454 he mediated negotiations between Poland's Cardinal Zbigniew Oleśnicki and the Prussian cities for repayment of war loans. In the Second Peace of Thorn (1466), the Teutonic Order formally relinquished all claims to its western province, which as Royal Prussia remained a region of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland until the First (1772) and Second (1793) Partitions of Poland .
Copernicus's father married Barbara Watzenrode, the astronomer's mother, between 1461 and 1464. He died about 1483.
Copernicus' maternal uncle, Lucas Watzenrode the Younger
Nicolaus' mother, Barbara Watzenrode, was the daughter of a wealthy Toruń patrician and city councillor, Lucas Watzenrode the Elder (deceased 1462), and Katarzyna (widow of Jan Peckau), mentioned in other sources as _Katarzyna Rüdiger gente Modlibóg_ (deceased 1476). The Modlibógs were a prominent Polish family who had been well known in Poland's history since 1271. The Watzenrode family, like the Kopernik family, had come from Silesia from near Świdnica (Schweidnitz), and after 1360 had settled in Toruń. They soon became one of the wealthiest and most influential patrician families. Through the Watzenrodes' extensive family relationships by marriage, Copernicus was related to wealthy families of Toruń (Thorn), Gdańsk (Danzig) and Elbląg (Elbing), and to prominent Polish noble families of Prussia: the Czapskis , Działyńskis , Konopackis and Kościeleckis . Lucas and Katherine had three children: Lucas Watzenrode the Younger (1447–1512), who would become Bishop of Warmia and Copernicus's patron; Barbara, the astronomer's mother (deceased after 1495); and Christina (deceased before 1502), who in 1459 married the Toruń merchant and mayor, Tiedeman von Allen.
Lucas Watzenrode the Elder, a wealthy merchant and in 1439–62 president of the judicial bench, was a decided opponent of the Teutonic Knights. In 1453 he was the delegate from Toruń at the Grudziądz (Graudenz) conference that planned the uprising against them. During the ensuing Thirteen Years\' War (1454–66), he actively supported the Prussian cities' war effort with substantial monetary subsidies (only part of which he later re-claimed), with political activity in Toruń and Danzig, and by personally fighting in battles at Łasin (Lessen) and Malbork (Marienburg). He died in 1462.
Lucas Watzenrode the Younger , the astronomer's maternal uncle and patron, was educated at the University of Kraków (now Jagiellonian University ) and at the universities of Cologne and Bologna . He was a bitter opponent of the Teutonic Order, and its Grand Master once referred to him as "the devil incarnate". In 1489 Watzenrode was elected Bishop of Warmia (Ermeland, Ermland) against the preference of King Casimir IV, who had hoped to install his own son in that seat. As a result, Watzenrode quarreled with the king until Casimir IV's death three years later. Watzenrode was then able to form close relations with three successive Polish monarchs: John I Albert , Alexander Jagiellon , and Sigismund I the Old . He was a friend and key advisor to each ruler, and his influence greatly strengthened the ties between Warmia and Poland proper. Watzenrode came to be considered the most powerful man in Warmia, and his wealth, connections and influence allowed him to secure Copernicus' education and career as a canon at Frombork Cathedral .
German-language letter from Copernicus to Duke Albert of Prussia , giving medical advice for George von Kunheim (1541)
Copernicus is postulated to have spoken Latin and German with equal fluency. He also spoke Polish , Greek and Italian . The vast majority of Copernicus's surviving works are in Latin , which in his lifetime was the language of academia in Europe. Latin was also the official language of the Roman Catholic Church and of Poland's royal court, and thus all of Copernicus's correspondence with the Church and with Polish leaders was in Latin.
There survive a few documents written by Copernicus in German. The German philosophy professor Martin Carrier mentions this as a reason to consider Copernicus's native language to have been German. Other arguments for German being Copernicus's native tongue are that he was born in a predominantly German-speaking city and that, while studying canon law at Bologna in 1496, he signed into the German _natio _ (_Natio Germanorum_)—a student organization which, according to its 1497 by-laws, was open to students of all kingdoms and states whose mother-tongue was German. However, according to French philosopher Alexandre Koyré , Copernicus's registration with the _Natio Germanorum_ does not in itself imply that Copernicus considered himself German, since students from Prussia and Silesia were routinely so categorized, which carried certain privileges that made it a natural choice for German-speaking students, regardless of their ethnicity or self-identification.
The surname _Copernik, Koppernigk_ is recorded in Kraków from c. 1350, in various spellings, apparently given to people from the village of _Köppernigk _, formerly, prior to 1845 _Koppirnik _, or _Copirnik _, _Copernik _ in Latin, in the Silesian Duchy of Nysa . The Nuremberg Chronicle , published in 1493, describes of the town of Nysa population as "plebs rustica polonici ydeomatis ...", which may be translated: "rural population idiomatically is Polish ...", or "the vernacular language of the rural population is Polish". Nicolas Copernicus' great-grandfather is recorded as having received citizenship in Kraków in 1386. The toponym _Köppernig_ (modern _Koperniki_) has variously been tied to the German word for _copper _ (Kupfer) and the Polish word for _dill _ (_koper_). The suffix -nik (or plural -niki) denotes a Slavic and Polish agent noun .
As was common in the period, the spellings of both the toponym and the surname vary greatly. Copernicus "was rather indifferent about orthography ". During his childhood, about 1480, the name of his father (and thus of the future astronomer) was recorded in Thorn as _Niclas Koppernigk_. At Kraków he signed himself, in Latin, _Nicolaus Nicolai de Torunia_ (Nicolaus, son of Nicolaus, of Toruń). At Bologna, in 1496, he registered in the _Matricula Nobilissimi Germanorum Collegii, resp. Annales Clarissimae Nacionis Germanorum_, of the _Natio Germanica Bononiae_, as _Dominus Nicolaus Kopperlingk de Thorn – IX grosseti _. At Padua he signed himself "Nicolaus Copernik", later "Coppernicus". The astronomer thus Latinized his name to _Coppernicus_, generally with two "p"s (in 23 of 31 documents studied), but later in life he used a single "p". On the title page of _De revolutionibus_, Rheticus published the name (in the genitive , or possessive , case) as "_Nicolai Copernici_".
Upon his father's death, young Nicolaus' maternal uncle, Lucas Watzenrode the Younger (1447–1512), took the boy under his wing and saw to his education and career. Watzenrode maintained contacts with leading intellectual figures in Poland and was a friend of the influential Italian-born humanist and Kraków courtier , Filippo Buonaccorsi . There are no surviving primary documents on the early years of Copernicus's childhood and education. Copernicus biographers assume that Watzenrode first sent young Copernicus to St. John's School, at Toruń, where he himself had been a master. Later, according to Armitage, the boy attended the Cathedral School at Włocławek , up the Vistula River from Toruń, which prepared pupils for entrance to the University of Kraków , Watzenrode's alma mater in Poland's capital. Nicolaus Copernicus Monument in Kraków
In the winter semester of 1491–92 Copernicus, as "Nicolaus Nicolai de Thuronia", matriculated together with his brother Andrew at the University of Kraków (now Jagiellonian University ). Copernicus began his studies in the Department of Arts (from the fall of 1491, presumably until the summer or fall of 1495) in the heyday of the Kraków astronomical-mathematical school , acquiring the foundations for his subsequent mathematical achievements. According to a later but credible tradition ( Jan Brożek ), Copernicus was a pupil of Albert Brudzewski , who by then (from 1491) was a professor of Aristotelian philosophy but taught astronomy privately outside the university; Copernicus became familiar with Brudzewski's widely read commentary to Georg von Peuerbach 's _Theoricæ novæ planetarum_ and almost certainly attended the lectures of Bernard of Biskupie and Wojciech Krypa of Szamotuły , and probably other astronomical lectures by Jan of Głogów , Michał of Wrocław (Breslau), Wojciech of Pniewy , and Marcin Bylica of Olkusz .
Copernicus' Kraków studies gave him a thorough grounding in the mathematical astronomy taught at the University (arithmetic, geometry, geometric optics, cosmography, theoretical and computational astronomy) and a good knowledge of the philosophical and natural-science writings of Aristotle (_ De coelo _, _Metaphysics _) and Averroes (which in the future would play an important role in the shaping of Copernicus' theory), stimulating his interest in learning and making him conversant with humanistic culture. Copernicus broadened the knowledge that he took from the university lecture halls with independent reading of books that he acquired during his Kraków years ( Euclid , Haly Abenragel , the _ Alfonsine Tables _, Johannes Regiomontanus ' _Tabulae directionum_); to this period, probably, also date his earliest scientific notes, now preserved partly at Uppsala University . At Kraków Copernicus began collecting a large library on astronomy; it would later be carried off as war booty by the Swedes during the Deluge in the 1650s and is now at the Uppsala University Library .
Copernicus' four years at Kraków played an important role in the development of his critical faculties and initiated his analysis of logical contradictions in the two "official" systems of astronomy—Aristotle's theory of homocentric spheres, and Ptolemy 's mechanism of eccentrics and epicycles —the surmounting and discarding of which would be the first step toward the creation of Copernicus' own doctrine of the structure of the universe.
Without taking a degree, probably in the fall of 1495, Copernicus left Kraków for the court of his uncle Watzenrode, who in 1489 had been elevated to Prince- Bishop of Warmia and soon (before November 1495) sought to place his nephew in the Warmia canonry vacated by the 26 August 1495 death of its previous tenant, Jan Czanow. For unclear reasons—probably due to opposition from part of the chapter, who appealed to Rome—Copernicus' installation was delayed, inclining Watzenrode to send both his nephews to study canon law in Italy, seemingly with a view to furthering their ecclesiastic careers and thereby also strengthening his own influence in the Warmia chapter.
Leaving Warmia in mid-1496—possibly with the retinue of the chapter's chancellor, Jerzy Pranghe, who was going to Italy—in the fall, possibly in October, Copernicus arrived in Bologna and a few months later (after 6 January 1497) signed himself into the register of the Bologna University of Jurists' "German nation", which included young Poles from Silesia , Prussia and Pomerania as well as students of other nationalities.
"Here, where stood the house of Domenico Maria Novara , professor of the ancient Studium of Bologna , NICOLAUS COPERNICUS, the Polish mathematician and astronomer who would revolutionize concepts of the universe, conducted brilliant celestial observations with his teacher in 1497–1500. Placed on the 5th centenary of birth by the City , the University , the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna, the Polish Academy of Sciences . 1473 1973."
It was only on 20 October 1497 that Copernicus, by proxy, formally succeeded to the Warmia canonry which had been granted to him two years earlier. To this, by a document dated 10 January 1503 at Padua , he would add a sinecure at the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross in Wrocław , Silesia , Bohemia . Despite having been granted a papal indult on 29 November 1508 to receive further benefices , through his ecclesiastic career Copernicus not only did not acquire further prebends and higher stations (prelacies ) at the chapter, but in 1538 he relinquished the Wrocław sinecure. It is unclear whether he was ever ordained a priest. Edward Rosen asserts that he was not. Copernicus did take minor orders , which sufficed for assuming a chapter canonry. _The Catholic Encyclopedia_ proposes that his ordination was probable, as in 1537 he was one of four candidates for the episcopal seat of Warmia , a position which required ordination.
During his three-year stay at Bologna, between fall 1496 and spring 1501, Copernicus seems to have devoted himself less keenly to studying canon law (he received his doctorate in law only after seven years, following a second return to Italy in 1503) than to studying the humanities —probably attending lectures by Filippo Beroaldo , Antonio Urceo , called Codro, Giovanni Garzoni , and Alessandro Achillini —and to studying astronomy. He met the famous astronomer Domenico Maria Novara da Ferrara and became his disciple and assistant. Copernicus was developing new ideas inspired by reading the "Epitome of the Almagest" (_Epitome in Almagestum Ptolemei_) by George von Peuerbach and Johannes Regiomontanus (Venice, 1496). He verified its observations about certain peculiarities in Ptolemy's theory of the Moon's motion, by conducting on 9 March 1497 at Bologna a memorable observation of the occultation of Aldebaran , the brightest star in the Taurus constellation, by the moon. Copernicus the humanist sought confirmation for his growing doubts through close reading of Greek and Latin authors ( Pythagoras , Aristarchos of Samos , Cleomedes , Cicero , Pliny the Elder , Plutarch , Philolaus , Heraclides , Ecphantos , Plato ), gathering, especially while at Padua , fragmentary historic information about ancient astronomical, cosmological and calendar systems. Via Galliera 65, Bologna , site of house of Domenico Maria Novara . Plaque on portico commemorates Copernicus.
Copernicus spent the jubilee year 1500 in Rome, where he arrived with his brother Andrew that spring, doubtless to perform an apprenticeship at the Papal Curia . Here, too, however, he continued his astronomical work begun at Bologna, observing, for example, a lunar eclipse on the night of 5–6 November 1500. According to a later account by Rheticus , Copernicus also—probably privately, rather than at the Roman _ Sapienza _—as a "_Professor Mathematum_" (professor of astronomy) delivered, "to numerous... students and... leading masters of the science", public lectures devoted probably to a critique of the mathematical solutions of contemporary astronomy.
On his return journey doubtless stopping briefly at Bologna, in mid-1501 Copernicus arrived back in Warmia. After on 28 July receiving from the chapter a two-year extension of leave in order to study medicine (since "he may in future be a useful medical advisor to our Reverend Superior and the gentlemen of the chapter"), in late summer or in the fall he returned again to Italy, probably accompanied by his brother Andrew and by Canon Bernhard Sculteti. This time he studied at the University of Padua , famous as a seat of medical learning, and—except for a brief visit to Ferrara in May–June 1503 to pass examinations for, and receive, his doctorate in canon law—he remained at Padua from fall 1501 to summer 1503.
Copernicus studied medicine probably under the direction of leading Padua professors—Bartolomeo da Montagnana, Girolamo Fracastoro , Gabriele Zerbi, Alessandro Benedetti—and read medical treatises that he acquired at this time, by Valescus de Taranta, Jan Mesue, Hugo Senensis, Jan Ketham, Arnold de Villa Nova, and Michele Savonarola, which would form the embryo of his later medical library.
One of the subjects that Copernicus must have studied was astrology , since it was considered an important part of a medical education. However, unlike most other prominent Renaissance astronomers, he appears never to have practiced or expressed any interest in astrology.
As at Bologna, Copernicus did not limit himself to his official studies. It was probably the Padua years that saw the beginning of his Hellenistic interests. He familiarized himself with Greek language and culture with the aid of Theodorus Gaza 's grammar (1495) and J.B. Chrestonius' dictionary (1499), expanding his studies of antiquity, begun at Bologna, to the writings of Basilius Bessarion , Lorenzo Valla and others. There also seems to be evidence that it was during his Padua stay that the idea finally crystallized, of basing a new system of the world on the movement of the Earth. As the time approached for Copernicus to return home, in spring 1503 he journeyed to Ferrara where, on 31 May 1503, having passed the obligatory examinations, he was granted the degree of doctor of canon law (_Nicolaus Copernich de Prusia, Jure Canonico ... et doctoratus_ ). No doubt it was soon after (at latest, in fall 1503) that he left Italy for good to return to Warmia .
Copernicus made three observations of Mercury, with errors of -3, -15 and -1 minutes of arc. He made one of Venus, with an error of -24 minutes. Four were made of Mars, with errors of 2, 20, 77, and 137 minutes. Four observations were made of Jupiter, with errors of 32, 51, -11 and 25 minutes. He made four of Saturn, with errors of 31, 20, 23 and -4 minutes.
Having completed all his studies in Italy, 30-year-old Copernicus returned to Warmia, where he would live out the remaining 40 years of his life, apart from brief journeys to Kraków and to nearby Prussian cities: Toruń (Thorn), Gdańsk (Danzig), Elbląg (Elbing), Grudziądz (Graudenz), Malbork (Marienburg), Königsberg (Królewiec).
Copernicus was his uncle's secretary and physician from 1503 to 1510 (or perhaps till his uncle's death on 29 March 1512) and resided in the Bishop's castle at Lidzbark (Heilsberg), where he began work on his heliocentric theory. In his official capacity, he took part in nearly all his uncle's political, ecclesiastic and administrative-economic duties. From the beginning of 1504, Copernicus accompanied Watzenrode to sessions of the Royal Prussian diet held at Malbork and Elbląg and, write Dobrzycki and Hajdukiewicz, "participated... in all the more important events in the complex diplomatic game that ambitious politician and statesman played in defense of the particular interests of Prussia and Warmia, between hostility to the Order and loyalty to the Polish Crown." _ Copernicus's translation of Theophylact Simocatta 's Epistles_. Cover shows coats-of-arms of _(clockwise from top)_ Poland , Lithuania and Kraków .
In 1504–12 Copernicus made numerous journeys as part of his uncle's retinue—in 1504, to Toruń and Gdańsk , to a session of the Royal Prussian Council in the presence of Poland's King Alexander Jagiellon ; to sessions of the Prussian diet at Malbork (1506), Elbląg (1507) and Sztum (Stuhm) (1512); and he may have attended a Poznań (Posen) session (1510) and the coronation of Poland's King Sigismund I the Old in Kraków (1507). Watzenrode's itinerary suggests that in spring 1509 Copernicus may have attended the Kraków sejm .
It was probably on the latter occasion, in Kraków, that Copernicus submitted for printing at Jan Haller 's press his translation, from Greek to Latin, of a collection, by the 7th-century Byzantine historian Theophylact Simocatta , of 85 brief poems called Epistles, or letters, supposed to have passed between various characters in a Greek story. They are of three kinds—"moral," offering advice on how people should live; "pastoral", giving little pictures of shepherd life; and "amorous", comprising love poems. They are arranged to follow one another in a regular rotation of subjects. Copernicus had translated the Greek verses into Latin prose, and he now published his version as _Theophilacti scolastici Simocati epistolae morales, rurales et amatoriae interpretatione latina_, which he dedicated to his uncle in gratitude for all the benefits he had received from him. With this translation, Copernicus declared himself on the side of the humanists in the struggle over the question whether Greek literature should be revived. Copernicus's first poetic work was a Greek epigram , composed probably during a visit to Kraków, for Johannes Dantiscus ' epithalamium for Barbara Zapolya 's 1512 wedding to King Zygmunt I the Old .
Some time before 1514, Copernicus wrote an initial outline of his heliocentric theory known only from later transcripts, by the title (perhaps given to it by a copyist), _Nicolai Copernici de hypothesibus motuum coelestium a se constitutis commentariolus_—commonly referred to as the _ Commentariolus _. It was a succinct theoretical description of the world's heliocentric mechanism, without mathematical apparatus, and differed in some important details of geometric construction from _De revolutionibus_; but it was already based on the same assumptions regarding Earth's triple motions. The _Commentariolus_, which Copernicus consciously saw as merely a first sketch for his planned book, was not intended for printed distribution. He made only a very few manuscript copies available to his closest acquaintances, including, it seems, several Kraków astronomers with whom he collaborated in 1515–30 in observing eclipses . Tycho Brahe would include a fragment from the _ Commentariolus _ in his own treatise, _Astronomiae instauratae progymnasmata_, published in Prague in 1602, based on a manuscript that he had received from the Bohemian physician and astronomer Tadeáš Hájek , a friend of Rheticus . The _Commentariolus_ would appear complete in print for the first time only in 1878. Copernicus' tower at Frombork , where he lived and worked; reconstructed since World War II
In 1510 or 1512 Copernicus moved to Frombork, a town to the northwest at the Vistula Lagoon on the Baltic Sea coast. There, in April 1512, he participated in the election of Fabian of Lossainen as Prince- Bishop of Warmia . It was only in early June 1512 that the chapter gave Copernicus an "external curia"—a house outside the defensive walls of the cathedral mount. In 1514 he purchased the northwestern tower within the walls of the Frombork stronghold. He would maintain both these residences to the end of his life, despite the devastation of the chapter's buildings by a raid against Frauenburg carried out by the Teutonic Order in January 1520, during which Copernicus's astronomical instruments were probably destroyed. Copernicus conducted astronomical observations in 1513–16 presumably from his external curia; and in 1522–43, from an unidentified "small tower" (_turricula_), using primitive instruments modeled on ancient ones—the quadrant , triquetrum , armillary sphere . At Frombork Copernicus conducted over half of his more than 60 registered astronomical observations.
Having settled permanently at Frombork, where he would reside to the end of his life, with interruptions in 1516–19 and 1520–21, Copernicus found himself at the Warmia chapter's economic and administrative center, which was also one of Warmia's two chief centers of political life. In the difficult, politically complex situation of Warmia, threatened externally by the Teutonic Order 's aggressions (attacks by Teutonic bands; the Polish-Teutonic War of 1519–21 ; Albert's plans to annex Warmia), internally subject to strong separatist pressures (the selection of the prince-bishops of Warmia ; currency reform ), he, together with part of the chapter, represented a program of strict cooperation with the Polish Crown and demonstrated in all his public activities (the defense of his country against the Order's plans of conquest; proposals to unify its monetary system with the Polish Crown's; support for Poland's interests in the Warmia dominion's ecclesiastic administration) that he was consciously a citizen of the Polish-Lithuanian Republic . Soon after the death of uncle Bishop Watzenrode, he participated in the signing of the Second Treaty of Piotrków Trybunalski (7 December 1512), governing the appointment of the Bishop of Warmia , declaring, despite opposition from part of the chapter, for loyal cooperation with the Polish Crown . Frombork Cathedral mount and fortifications. In foreground: statue of Copernicus
That same year (before 8 November 1512) Copernicus assumed responsibility, as _magister pistoriae_, for administering the chapter's economic enterprises (he would hold this office again in 1530), having already since 1511 fulfilled the duties of chancellor and visitor of the chapter's estates.
His administrative and economic dutes did not distract Copernicus, in 1512–15, from intensive observational activity. The results of his observations of Mars and Saturn in this period, and especially a series of four observations of the Sun made in 1515, led to discovery of the variability of Earth 's eccentricity and of the movement of the solar apogee in relation to the fixed stars , which in 1515–19 prompted his first revisions of certain assumptions of his system. Some of the observations that he made in this period may have had a connection with a proposed reform of the Julian calendar made in the first half of 1513 at the request of the Bishop of Fossombrone , Paul of Middelburg . Their contacts in this matter in the period of the Fifth Lateran Council were later memorialized in a complimentary mention in Copernicus's dedicatory epistle in _Dē revolutionibus orbium coelestium _ and in a treatise by Paul of Middelburg, _Secundum compendium correctionis Calendarii_ (1516), which mentions Copernicus among the learned men who had sent the Council proposals for the calendar's emendation. Olsztyn Castle
During 1516–21, Copernicus resided at Olsztyn (Allenstein) Castle as economic administrator of Warmia, including Olsztyn (Allenstein) and Pieniężno (Mehlsack). While there, he wrote a manuscript, _ Locationes mansorum desertorum _ (_Locations of Deserted Fiefs_), with a view to populating those fiefs with industrious farmers and so bolstering the economy of Warmia. When Olsztyn was besieged by the Teutonic Knights during the Polish–Teutonic War , Copernicus directed the defense of Olsztyn and Warmia by Royal Polish forces. He also represented the Polish side in the ensuing peace negotiations.
Copernicus for years advised the Royal Prussian sejmik on monetary reform , particularly in the 1520s when that was a major question in regional Prussian politics. In 1526 he wrote a study on the value of money, _ Monetae cudendae ratio _. In it he formulated an early iteration of the theory, now called Gresham\'s law , that "bad" (debased ) coinage drives "good" (un-debased) coinage out of circulation—several decades before Thomas Gresham . He also, in 1517, set down a quantity theory of money , a principal concept in economics to the present day. Copernicus's recommendations on monetary reform were widely read by leaders of both Prussia and Poland in their attempts to stabilize currency. Copernicus Monument in Warsaw designed by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen
In 1533, Johann Widmanstetter , secretary to Pope Clement VII , explained Copernicus's heliocentric system to the Pope and two cardinals. The Pope was so pleased that he gave Widmanstetter a valuable gift. In 1535 Bernard Wapowski wrote a letter to a gentleman in Vienna , urging him to publish an enclosed almanac , which he claimed had been written by Copernicus. This is the only mention of a Copernicus almanac in the historical records. The "almanac" was likely Copernicus's tables of planetary positions. Wapowski's letter mentions Copernicus's theory about the motions of the earth. Nothing came of Wapowski's request, because he died a couple of weeks later.
Following the death of Prince- Bishop of Warmia Mauritius Ferber (1 July 1537), Copernicus participated in the election of his successor, Johannes Dantiscus (20 September 1537). Copernicus was one of four candidates for the post, written in at the initiative of Tiedemann Giese ; but his candidacy was actually _pro forma _, since Dantiscus had earlier been named coadjutor bishop to Ferber and since Dantiscus had the backing of Poland's King Sigismund I . At first Copernicus maintained friendly relations with the new Prince-Bishop, assisting him medically in spring 1538 and accompanying him that summer on an inspection tour of Chapter holdings. But that autumn, their friendship was strained by suspicions over Copernicus's housekeeper, Anna Schilling, whom Dantiscus banished from Frombork in spring 1539. _ Portrait of Copernicus holding a lily of the valley , published in Nicolaus Reusner 's Icones_ (1587), based on a sketch by Tobias Stimmer (c. 1570), allegedly based on a self-portrait by Copernicus. This portrait became the basis of most later depictions of Copernicus.
In his younger days, Copernicus the physician had treated his uncle, brother and other chapter members. In later years he was called upon to attend the elderly bishops who in turn occupied the see of Warmia— Mauritius Ferber and Johannes Dantiscus – and, in 1539, his old friend Tiedemann Giese , Bishop of Chełmno (Kulm). In treating such important patients, he sometimes sought consultations from other physicians, including the physician to Duke Albert and, by letter, the Polish Royal Physician. _ " Nicolaus Copernicus Tornaeus Borussus Mathemat. _", 1597
In the spring of 1541, Duke Albert —former Grand Master of the Teutonic Order who had converted the Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights into a Lutheran and hereditary realm, the Duchy of Prussia , upon doing homage to his uncle, the King of Poland, Sigismund I —summoned Copernicus to Königsberg to attend the Duke's counselor, George von Kunheim , who had fallen seriously ill, and for whom the Prussian doctors seemed unable to do anything. Copernicus went willingly; he had met von Kunheim during negotiations over reform of the coinage. And Copernicus had come to feel that Albert himself was not such a bad person; the two had many intellectual interests in common. The Chapter readily gave Copernicus permission to go, as it wished to remain on good terms with the Duke, despite his Lutheran faith. In about a month the patient recovered, and Copernicus returned to Frombork. For a time, he continued to receive reports on von Kunheim's condition, and to send him medical advice by letter.
Some of Copernicus's close friends turned Protestant, but Copernicus never showed a tendency in that direction. The first attacks on him came from Protestants. Wilhelm Gnapheus , a Dutch refugee settled in Elbląg , wrote a comedy in Latin , _Morosophus_ (The Foolish Sage), and staged it at the Latin school that he had established there. In the play, Copernicus was caricatured as a haughty, cold, aloof man who dabbled in astrology , considered himself inspired by God, and was rumored to have written a large work that was moldering in a chest.
Elsewhere Protestants were the first to react to news of Copernicus's theory. Melanchthon wrote:
Some people believe that it is excellent and correct to work out a thing as absurd as did that Sarmatian astronomer who moves the earth and stops the sun. Indeed, wise rulers should have curbed such light-mindedness.
Nevertheless, in 1551, eight years after Copernicus's death, astronomer Erasmus Reinhold published, under the sponsorship of Copernicus's former military adversary, the Protestant Duke Albert, the _ Prussian Tables _, a set of astronomical tables based on Copernicus's work. Astronomers and astrologers quickly adopted it in place of its predecessors.
Photograph of a 16th-century portrait of Copernicus — the original painting was looted, and possibly destroyed, by the Germans in World War II during the occupation of Poland.
Some time before 1514 Copernicus made available to friends his " Commentariolus " ("Little Commentary"), a forty-page manuscript describing his ideas about the heliocentric hypothesis. It contained seven basic assumptions (detailed below). Thereafter he continued gathering data for a more detailed work.
About 1532 Copernicus had basically completed his work on the manuscript of _Dē revolutionibus orbium coelestium _; but despite urging by his closest friends, he resisted openly publishing his views, not wishing—as he confessed—to risk the scorn "to which he would expose himself on account of the novelty and incomprehensibility of his theses."
In 1533, Johann Albrecht Widmannstetter delivered a series of lectures in Rome outlining Copernicus's theory. Pope Clement VII and several Catholic cardinals heard the lectures and were interested in the theory. On 1 November 1536, Cardinal Nikolaus von Schönberg , Archbishop of Capua , wrote to Copernicus from Rome:
Some years ago word reached me concerning your proficiency, of which everybody constantly spoke. At that time I began to have a very high regard for you... For I had learned that you had not merely mastered the discoveries of the ancient astronomers uncommonly well but had also formulated a new cosmology. In it you maintain that the earth moves; that the sun occupies the lowest, and thus the central, place in the universe... Therefore with the utmost earnestness I entreat you, most learned sir, unless I inconvenience you, to communicate this discovery of yours to scholars, and at the earliest possible moment to send me your writings on the sphere of the universe together with the tables and whatever else you have that is relevant to this subject ...
By then Copernicus's work was nearing its definitive form, and rumors about his theory had reached educated people all over Europe. Despite urgings from many quarters, Copernicus delayed publication of his book, perhaps from fear of criticism—a fear delicately expressed in the subsequent dedication of his masterpiece to Pope Paul III . Scholars disagree on whether Copernicus's concern was limited to possible astronomical and philosophical objections, or whether he was also concerned about religious objections.
_ De revolutionibus _, 1543, title page
Copernicus was still working on _ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium _ (even if not certain that he wanted to publish it) when in 1539 Georg Joachim Rheticus , a Wittenberg mathematician, arrived in Frombork. Philipp Melanchthon , a close theological ally of Martin Luther , had arranged for Rheticus to visit several astronomers and study with them. Rheticus became Copernicus's pupil, staying with him for two years and writing a book, _ Narratio prima _ (First Account), outlining the essence of Copernicus's theory. In 1542 Rheticus published a treatise on trigonometry by Copernicus (later included as chapters 13 and 14 of Book I of _De revolutionibus_). Under strong pressure from Rheticus, and having seen the favorable first general reception of his work, Copernicus finally agreed to give _De revolutionibus_ to his close friend, Tiedemann Giese , bishop of Chełmno (Kulm), to be delivered to Rheticus for printing by the German printer Johannes Petreius at Nuremberg (_Nürnberg_), Germany. While Rheticus initially supervised the printing, he had to leave Nuremberg before it was completed, and he handed over the task of supervising the rest of the printing to a Lutheran theologian, Andreas Osiander .
Osiander added an unauthorised and unsigned preface, defending Copernicus' work against those who might be offended by its novel hypotheses. He argued that "different hypotheses are sometimes offered for one and the same motion the astronomer will take as his first choice that hypothesis which is the easiest to grasp." According to Osiander, "these hypotheses need not be true nor even probable. f they provide a calculus consistent with the observations, that alone is enough."
Toward the close of 1542, Copernicus was seized with apoplexy and paralysis, and he died at age 70 on 24 May 1543. Legend has it that he was presented with the final printed pages of his _Dē revolutionibus orbium coelestium _ on the very day that he died, allowing him to take farewell of his life's work. He is reputed to have awoken from a stroke-induced coma, looked at his book, and then died peacefully. Casket with Copernicus' remains, St. James' Cathedral Basilica, Olsztyn , March 2010 Copernicus' 2010 grave, Frombork Cathedral 1735 epitaph , Frombork Cathedral . A 1580 epitaph had been destroyed.
Copernicus was reportedly buried in Frombork Cathedral , where archaeologists for over two centuries searched in vain for his remains. Efforts to locate the remains in 1802, 1909, 1939 and 2004 had come to nought. In August 2005, however, a team led by Jerzy Gąssowski, head of an archaeology and anthropology institute in Pułtusk , after scanning beneath the cathedral floor, discovered what they believed to be Copernicus's remains.
The find came after a year of searching, and the discovery was announced only after further research, on 3 November 2008. Gąssowski said he was "almost 100 percent sure it is Copernicus". Forensic expert Capt. Dariusz Zajdel of the Polish Police Central Forensic Laboratory used the skull to reconstruct a face that closely resembled the features—including a broken nose and a scar above the left eye—on a Copernicus self-portrait. The expert also determined that the skull belonged to a man who had died around age 70—Copernicus's age at the time of his death.
The grave was in poor condition, and not all the remains of the skeleton were found; missing, among other things, was the lower jaw. The DNA from the bones found in the grave matched hair samples taken from a book owned by Copernicus which was kept at the library of the University of Uppsala in Sweden.
On 22 May 2010 Copernicus was given a second funeral in a Mass led by Józef Kowalczyk , the former papal nuncio to Poland and newly named Primate of Poland . Copernicus's remains were reburied in the same spot in Frombork Cathedral where part of his skull and other bones had been found. A black granite tombstone now identifies him as the founder of the heliocentric theory and also a church canon . The tombstone bears a representation of Copernicus's model of the solar system—a golden sun encircled by six of the planets.
Main article: Copernican heliocentrism
Philolaus (c. 480–385 BCE) described an astronomical system in which a Central Fire (different from the Sun) occupied the centre of the universe, and a counter-Earth, the Earth, Moon, the Sun itself, planets, and stars all revolved around it, in that order outward from the centre. Heraclides Ponticus (387–312 BCE) proposed that the Earth rotates on its axis. Aristarchus of Samos (ca. 310 BCE – ca. 230 BCE) was the first to advance a theory that the earth orbited the sun. Further mathematical details of Aristarchus' heliocentric system were worked out around 150 BCE by the Hellenistic astronomer Seleucus of Seleucia . Though Aristarchus' original text has been lost, a reference in Archimedes ' book _ The Sand Reckoner _ (_Archimedis Syracusani Arenarius "> Tusi couple
At the Maragha observatory , Najm al-Dīn al-Qazwīnī al-Kātibī (died 1277), in his _Hikmat al-'Ain_, wrote an argument for a heliocentric model, but later abandoned the model. Qutb al-Din Shirazi (born 1236) also discussed the possibility of heliocentrism, but rejected it. Ibn al-Shatir (born 1304) developed a geocentric system that employed mathematical techniques, such as the Tusi couple and Urdi lemma, that were almost identical to those Nicolaus Copernicus later employed in his heliocentric system, implying that its mathematical model was influenced by the Maragha school.
Nilakantha Somayaji (1444–1544), in his Aryabhatiyabhasya, a commentary on Aryabhata's Aryabhatiya, developed a computational system for a partially heliocentric planetary model, in which the planets orbit the Sun, which in turn orbits the Earth, similar to the Tychonic system later proposed by Tycho Brahe in the late 16th century. In the Tantrasangraha (1500), he further revised his planetary system, which was mathematically more accurate at predicting the heliocentric orbits of the interior planets than both the Tychonic and Copernican models.
The prevailing theory in Europe during Copernicus's lifetime was the one that Ptolemy published in his _ Almagest _ circa 150 CE; the Earth was the stationary center of the universe. Stars were embedded in a large outer sphere which rotated rapidly, approximately daily, while each of the planets, the Sun, and the Moon were embedded in their own, smaller spheres. Ptolemy's system employed devices, including epicycles, deferents and equants , to account for observations that the paths of these bodies differed from simple, circular orbits centered on the Earth.
_ Copernicus's vision of the universe in Dē revolutionibus orbium coelestium _
Copernicus' major work on his heliocentric theory was _Dē revolutionibus orbium coelestium _ (_On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres_), published in the year of his death, 1543. He had formulated his theory by 1510. "He wrote out a short overview of his new heavenly arrangement , also probably in 1510 , and sent it off to at least one correspondent beyond Varmia . That person in turn copied the document for further circulation, and presumably the new recipients did, too..."
Copernicus' _Commentariolus_ summarized his heliocentric theory. It listed the "assumptions" upon which the theory was based, as follows:
1. There is no one center of all the celestial circles or spheres. 2. The center of the earth is not the center of the universe, but only of gravity and of the lunar sphere. 3. All the spheres revolve about the sun as their midpoint, and therefore the sun is the center of the universe. 4. The ratio of the earth's distance from the sun to the height of the firmament (outermost celestial sphere containing the stars) is so much smaller than the ratio of the earth's radius to its distance from the sun that the distance from the earth to the sun is imperceptible in comparison with the height of the firmament. 5. Whatever motion appears in the firmament arises not from any motion of the firmament, but from the earth's motion. The earth together with its circumjacent elements performs a complete rotation on its fixed poles in a daily motion, while the firmament and highest heaven abide unchanged. 6. What appear to us as motions of the sun arise not from its motion but from the motion of the earth and our sphere, with which we revolve about the sun like any other planet. The earth has, then, more than one motion. 7. The apparent retrograde and direct motion of the planets arises not from their motion but from the earth's. The motion of the earth alone, therefore, suffices to explain so many apparent inequalities in the heavens.
_De revolutionibus_ itself was divided into six sections or parts, called "books":
* General vision of the heliocentric theory, and a summarized exposition of his idea of the World * Mainly theoretical, presents the principles of spherical astronomy and a list of stars (as a basis for the arguments developed in the subsequent books) * Mainly dedicated to the apparent motions of the Sun and to related phenomena * Description of the Moon and its orbital motions * Exposition of the motions in longitude of the non-terrestrial planets * Exposition of the motions in latitude of the non-terrestrial planets
See also: Copernican Revolution
Georg Joachim Rheticus could have been Copernicus's successor, but did not rise to the occasion. Erasmus Reinhold could have been his successor, but died prematurely. The first of the great successors was Tycho Brahe (though he did not think the earth orbited the sun), followed by Johannes Kepler , who had collaborated with Tycho in Prague and benefited from Tycho's decades' worth of scrupulously detailed observational data.
Despite the near universal acceptance later of the heliocentric idea (though not the epicycles or the circular orbits), Copernicus's theory was originally slow to catch on. Scholars hold that sixty years after the publication of _The Revolutions_ there were only around 15 astronomers espousing Copernicanism in all of Europe: "Thomas Digges and Thomas Harriot in England; Giordano Bruno and Galileo Galilei in Italy; Diego Zuniga in Spain; Simon Stevin in the Low Countries; and in Germany, the largest group – Georg Joachim Rheticus , Michael Maestlin , Christoph Rothmann (who may have later recanted), and Johannes Kepler ." Additional possibilities are Englishman William Gilbert , along with Achilles Gasser , Georg Vogelin, Valentin Otto , and Tiedemann Giese .
Arthur Koestler , in his popular book _ The Sleepwalkers _, asserted that Copernicus's book had not been widely read on its first publication. This claim was trenchantly criticised by Edward Rosen , and has been decisively disproved by Owen Gingerich , who examined nearly every surviving copy of the first two editions and found copious marginal notes by their owners throughout many of them. Gingerich published his conclusions in 2004 in _The Book Nobody Read_.
The intellectual climate of the time "remained dominated by Aristotelian philosophy and the corresponding Ptolemaic astronomy. At that time there was no reason to accept the Copernican theory, except for its mathematical simplicity ." Tycho Brahe's system ("that the earth is stationary, the sun revolves about the earth, and the other planets revolve about the sun") also directly competed with Copernicus's. It was only a half century later with the work of Kepler and Galileo that any substantial evidence defending Copernicanism appeared, starting "from the time when Galileo formulated the principle of inertia... helped to explain why everything would not fall off the earth if it were in motion." " after Isaac Newton formulated the universal law of gravitation and the laws of mechanics , which unified terrestrial and celestial mechanics, was the heliocentric view generally accepted."
See also: Catholic Church and science
The immediate result of the 1543 publication of Copernicus's book was only mild controversy. At the Council of Trent (1545–63) neither Copernicus's theory nor calendar reform (which would later use tables deduced from Copernicus's calculations) were discussed. It has been much debated why it was not until six decades after the publication of _De revolutionibus_ that the Catholic Church took any official action against it, even the efforts of Tolosani going unheeded. Catholic side opposition only commenced seventy-three years later, when it was occasioned by Galileo.
The first notable to move against Copernicanism was the Magister of the Holy Palace (i.e., the Catholic Church's chief censor ), Dominican Bartolomeo Spina , who "expressed a desire to stamp out the Copernican doctrine". But with Spina's death in 1546, his cause fell to his friend, the well known theologian-astronomer, the Dominican Giovanni Maria Tolosani of the Convent of St. Mark in Florence. Tolosani had written a treatise on reforming the calendar (in which astronomy would play a large role) and had attended the Fifth Lateran Council (1512–17) to discuss the matter. He had obtained a copy of _De Revolutionibus_ in 1544. His denunciation of Copernicanism was written a year later, in 1545, in an appendix to his unpublished work, _On the Truth of Sacred Scripture_.
Emulating the rationalistic style of Thomas Aquinas , Tolosani sought to refute Copernicanism by philosophical argument. Copernicanism was absurd, according to Tolosani, because it was scientifically unproven and unfounded. First, Copernicus had assumed the motion of the Earth but offered no physical theory whereby one would deduce this motion. (No one realized that the investigation into Copernicanism would result in a rethinking of the entire field of physics .) Second, Tolosani charged that Copernicus's thought process was backwards. He held that Copernicus had come up with his idea and then sought phenomena that would support it, rather than observing phenomena and deducing from them the idea of what caused them. In this, Tolosani was linking Copernicus's mathematical equations with the practices of the Pythagoreans (whom Aristotle had made arguments against, which were later picked up by Thomas Aquinas). It was argued that mathematical numbers were a mere product of the intellect without any physical reality, and as such could not provide physical causes in the investigation of nature.
Some astronomical hypotheses at the time (such as epicycles and eccentrics) were seen as mere mathematical devices to adjust calculations of where the heavenly bodies would appear, rather than an explanation of the cause of those motions. (As Copernicus still maintained the idea of perfectly spherical orbits, he relied on epicycles.) This "saving the phenomena" was seen as proof that astronomy and mathematics could not be taken as serious means to determine physical causes. Tolosani invoked this view in his final critique of Copernicus, saying that his biggest error was that he had started with "inferior" fields of science to make pronouncements about "superior" fields. Copernicus had used mathematics and astronomy to postulate about physics and cosmology, rather than beginning with the accepted principles of physics and cosmology to determine things about astronomy and mathematics. Thus Copernicus seemed to be undermining the whole system of the philosophy of science at the time. Tolosani held that Copernicus had fallen into philosophical error because he had not been versed in physics and logic; anyone without such knowledge would make a poor astronomer and be unable to distinguish truth from falsehood. Because Copernicanism had not met the criteria for scientific truth set out by Thomas Aquinas, Tolosani held that it could only be viewed as a wild unproven theory. _ Ptolemy and Copernicus_, ca. 1686, at King Jan Sobieski 's library, Wilanów Palace : an early Copernicus depiction
Tolosani recognized that the _Ad Lectorem_ preface to Copernicus's book was not actually by him. Its thesis that astronomy as a whole would never be able to make truth claims was rejected by Tolosani (though he still held that Copernicus's attempt to describe physical reality had been faulty); he found it ridiculous that _Ad Lectorem_ had been included in the book (unaware that Copernicus had not authorized its inclusion). Tolosani wrote: "By means of these words , the foolishness of this book's author is rebuked. For by a foolish effort he tried to revive the weak Pythagorean opinion , long ago deservedly destroyed, since it is expressly contrary to human reason and also opposes holy writ. From this situation, there could easily arise disagreements between Catholic expositors of holy scripture and those who might wish to adhere obstinately to this false opinion." Tolosani declared: " Nicolaus Copernicus neither read nor understood the arguments of Aristotle the philosopher and Ptolemy the astronomer." Tolosani wrote that Copernicus "is expert indeed in the sciences of mathematics and astronomy, but he is very deficient in the sciences of physics and logic. Moreover, it appears that he is unskilled with regard to holy scripture, since he contradicts several of its principles, not without danger of infidelity to himself and the readers of his book. ...his arguments have no force and can very easily be taken apart. For it is stupid to contradict an opinion accepted by everyone over a very long time for the strongest reasons, unless the impugner uses more powerful and insoluble demonstrations and completely dissolves the opposed reasons. But he does not do this in the least."
Tolosani declared that he had written against Copernicus "for the purpose of preserving the truth to the common advantage of the Holy Church." Despite this, his work remained unpublished and there is no evidence that it received serious consideration. Robert Westman describes it as becoming a "dormant" viewpoint with "no audience in the Catholic world" of the late sixteenth century, but also notes that there is some evidence that it did become known to Tommaso Caccini , who would criticize Galileo in a sermon in December 1613.
Tolosani may have criticized the Copernican theory as scientifically unproven and unfounded, but the theory also conflicted with the theology of the time, as can be seen in a sample of the works of John Calvin . In his _Commentary on Genesis_ he said that "We indeed are not ignorant that the circuit of the heavens is finite, and that the earth, like a little globe, is placed in the centre." In his commentary on Psalms 93:1 he states that "The heavens revolve daily, and, immense as is their fabric and inconceivable the rapidity of their revolutions, we experience no concussion.... How could the earth hang suspended in the air were it not upheld by God's hand? By what means could it maintain itself unmoved, while the heavens above are in constant rapid motion, did not its Divine Maker fix and establish it." One sharp point of conflict between Copernicus's theory and the Bible concerned the story of the Battle of Gibeon in the Book of Joshua where the Hebrew forces were winning but whose opponents were likely to escape once night fell. This is averted by Joshua's prayers causing the sun and the moon to stand still. Martin Luther once made a remark about Copernicus, although without mentioning his name. According to Anthony Lauterbach, while eating with Martin Luther the topic of Copernicus arose during dinner on 4 June 1539 (in the same year as professor George Joachim Rheticus of the local University had been granted leave to visit him). Luther is said to have remarked "So it goes now. Whoever wants to be clever must agree with nothing others esteem. He must do something of his own. This is what _that fellow_ does who wishes to turn the whole of astronomy upside down. Even in these things that are thrown into disorder I believe the Holy Scriptures, for Joshua commanded the sun to stand still and not the earth." These remarks were made four years before the publication of _On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres_ and a year before Rheticus' _Narratio Prima_. In John Aurifaber\'s account of the conversation Luther calls Copernicus "that fool" rather than "that fellow", this version is viewed by historians as less reliably sourced.
Luther's collaborator Philipp Melanchthon also took issue with Copernicanism. After receiving the first pages of _Narratio Prima_ from Rheticus himself, Melanchthon wrote to Mithobius (physician and mathematician Burkard Mithob of Feldkirch) on 16 October 1541 condemning the theory and calling for it to be repressed by governmental force, writing "certain people believe it is a marvelous achievement to extol so crazy a thing, like that Polish astronomer who makes the earth move and the sun stand still. Really, wise governments ought to repress impudence of mind." It had appeared to Rheticus that Melanchton would understand the theory and would be open to it. This was because Melanchton had taught Ptolemaic astronomy and had even recommended his friend Rheticus to an appointment to the Deanship of the Faculty of Arts in which he reports that Aristarchus of Samos propounded the paradox that the sun stands still and the earth revolves around the sun. Even though subtle experts institute many investigations for the sake of exercising their ingenuity, nevertheless public proclamation of absurd opinions is indecent and sets a harmful example." Melanchthon went on to cite Bible passages and then declare "Encouraged by this divine evidence, let us cherish the truth and let us not permit ourselves to be alienated from it by the tricks of those who deem it an intellectual honor to introduce confusion into the arts." In the first edition of _Initia Doctrinae Physicae_, Melanchthon even questioned Copernicus's character claiming his motivation was "either from love of novelty or from desire to appear clever", these more personal attacks were largely removed by the second edition in 1550.
Another Protestant theologian who took issue with Copernicus was John Owen who declared that "the late hypothesis, fixing the sun as in the centre of the world' was 'built on fallible phenomena, and advanced by many arbitrary presumptions against evident testimonies of Scripture."
In Roman Catholic circles, German Jesuit Nicolaus Serarius was one of the first to write against Copernicus's theory as heretical, citing the Joshua passage, in a work published in 1609–1610, and again in a book in 1612. In his 12 April 1615 letter to a Catholic defender of Copernicus, Paolo Antonio Foscarini , Catholic Cardinal Robert Bellarmine condemned Copernican theory, writing "...not only the Holy Fathers, but also the modern commentaries on Genesis, the Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Joshua, you will find all agreeing in the literal interpretation that the sun is in heaven and turns around the earth with great speed, and that the earth is very far from heaven and sits motionless at the center of the world...Nor can one answer that this is not a matter of faith, since if it is not a matter of faith 'as regards the topic,' it is a matter of faith 'as regards the speaker': and so it would be heretical to say that Abraham did not have two children and Jacob twelve, as well as to say that Christ was not born of a virgin, because both are said by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of prophets and apostles."
Perhaps the most influential opponent of the Copernican theory was Francesco Ingoli , a Catholic priest. Ingoli wrote a January 1616 essay to Galileo presenting more than twenty arguments against the Copernican theory. Though "it is not certain, it is probable that he was commissioned by the Inquisition to write an expert opinion on the controversy", (after the Congregation of the Index's decree against Copernicanism on 5 March 1616, Ingoli was officially appointed its consultant). Galileo himself was of the opinion that the essay played an important role in the rejection of the theory by church authorities, writing in a later letter to Ingoli that he was concerned that people thought the theory was rejected because Ingoli was right. Ingoli presented five physical arguments against the theory, thirteen mathematical arguments (plus a separate discussion of the sizes of stars), and four theological arguments. The physical and mathematical arguments were of uneven quality, but many of them came directly from the writings of Tycho Brahe , and Ingoli repeatedly cited Brahe, the leading astronomer of the era. These included arguments about the effect of a moving earth on the trajectory of projectiles, and about parallax and Brahe's argument that the Copernican theory required that stars be absurdly large. Two of Ingoli's theological issues with the Copernican theory were "common Catholic beliefs not directly traceable to Scripture: the doctrine that hell is located at the center of Earth and is most distant from heaven; and the explicit assertion that Earth is motionless in a hymn sung on Tuesdays as part of the Liturgy of the Hours of the Divine Office prayers regularly recited by priests." Ingoli cited Robert Bellarmine in regards to both of these arguments, and may have been trying to convey to Galileo a sense of Bellarmine's opinion. Ingoli also cited Genesis 1:14 where God places "lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night." Ingoli did not think the central location of the sun in the Copernican theory was compatible with it being described as one of the lights placed in the firmament. Like previous commentators Ingoli also pointed to the passages about the Battle of Gibeon. He dismissed arguments that they should be taken metaphorically, saying "Replies which assert that Scripture speaks according to our mode of understanding are not satisfactory: both because in explaining the Sacred Writings the rule is always to preserve the literal sense, when it is possible, as it is in this case; and also because all the Fathers unanimously take this passage to mean that the sun which was truly moving stopped at Joshua's request. An interpretation which is contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers is condemned by the Council of Trent, Session IV, in the decree on the edition and use of the Sacred Books. Furthermore, although the Council speaks about matters of faith and morals, nevertheless it cannot be denied that the Holy Fathers would be displeased with an interpretation of Sacred Scriptures which is contrary to their common agreement." However, Ingoli closed the essay by suggesting Galileo respond primarily to the better of his physical and mathematical arguments rather than to his theological arguments, writing "Let it be your choice to respond to this either entirely of in part—clearly at least to the mathematical and physical arguments, and not to all even of these, but to the more weighty ones." When Galileo wrote a letter in reply to Ingoli years later, he in fact only addressed the mathematical and physical arguments.
In March 1616, in connection with the Galileo affair , the Roman Catholic Church's Congregation of the Index issued a decree suspending _De revolutionibus_ until it could be "corrected," on the grounds of ensuring that Copernicanism, which it described as a "false Pythagorean doctrine, altogether contrary to the Holy Scripture," would not "creep any further to the prejudice of Catholic truth." The corrections consisted largely of removing or altering wording that the spoke of heliocentrism as a fact, rather than a hypothesis. The corrections were made based largely on work by Ingoli.
On the orders of Pope Paul V , Cardinal Robert Bellarmine gave Galileo prior notice that the decree was about to be issued, and warned him that he could not "hold or defend" the Copernican doctrine. The corrections to _De revolutionibus_, which omitted or altered nine sentences, were issued four years later, in 1620.
In 1633 Galileo Galilei was convicted of grave suspicion of heresy for "following the position of Copernicus, which is contrary to the true sense and authority of Holy Scripture", and was placed under house arrest for the rest of his life.
At the instance of Roger Boscovich , the Catholic Church's 1758 _ Index of Prohibited Books _ omitted the general prohibition of works defending heliocentrism, but retained the specific prohibitions of the original uncensored versions of _De revolutionibus_ and Galileo's _ Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems _. Those prohibitions were finally dropped from the 1835 _Index_.
There has been discussion of Copernicus's nationality and of whether, in fact, it is meaningful to ascribe to him a nationality in the modern sense. But there are some facts that should be considered when talking about Copernicus's nationality.
Nicolaus Copernicus was born and raised in Royal Prussia , a semiautonomous and polyglot region under rule by the Kingdom of Poland. Copernicus was the child of German-speaking parents and grew up with German as his mother tongue. His alma mater was the University of Kraków in Poland. When he later studied in Italy, at the University of Bologna Copernicus joined the "German Nation", the student organization for German-speakers of all allegiances (Germany would not become a nation-state until 1871). His family stood against the Teutonic Order and actively supported the city of Toruń during the Thirteen Years\' War . Copernicus' father lent money to King Casimir IV Jagiellon of Poland to finance the war against the Teutonic Knights, but the inhabitants of Royal Prussia also resisted the Polish crown's efforts for greater control over the region.
_ Encyclopædia Britannica _, _ Encyclopedia Americana _, _The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia_, _The Oxford World Encyclopedia_, and _ World Book Encyclopedia _ refer to Copernicus as a "Polish astronomer". Sheila Rabin, writing in the _Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy _, describes Copernicus as a "child of a German family was a subject of the Polish crown", while Martin Weissenbacher writes that Copernicus's father was a Germanized Pole.
Historian Michael Burleigh describes the nationality debate as a "totally insignificant battle" between German and Polish scholars during the interwar period . Polish astronomer Konrad Rudnicki calls the discussion a "fierce scholarly quarrel in ... times of nationalism" and describes Copernicus as an inhabitant of a German-speaking territory that belonged to Poland, himself being of mixed Polish-German extraction.
Poet Czesław Miłosz describes the debate as an "absurd" projection of a modern understanding of nationality onto Renaissance people, who identified with their home territories rather than with a nation.
Similarly, historian Norman Davies writes that Copernicus, as was common in his era, was "largely indifferent" to nationality, being a local patriot who considered himself "Prussian ".
Miłosz and Davies both write that Copernicus had a German-language cultural background, while his working language was Latin in accord with the usage of the time. Additionally, according to Davies, "there is ample evidence that he knew the Polish language". Davies concludes: "Taking everything into consideration, there is good reason to regard him both as a German and as a Pole: and yet, in the sense that modern nationalists understand it, he was neither."
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On 14 July 2009, the discoverers, from the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt , Germany, of chemical element 112 (temporarily named ununbium ) proposed to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry that its permanent name be "copernicium " (symbol Cn). "After we had named elements after our city and our state, we wanted to make a statement with a name that was known to everyone," said Hofmann. "We didn't want to select someone who was a German. We were looking world-wide." On the 537th anniversary of his birthday the official naming was released to the public.
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In July 2014 the International Astronomical Union launched a process for giving proper names to certain exoplanets and their host stars. The process involved public nomination and voting for the new names. In December 2015, the IAU announced the winning name for 55 Cancri A was Copernicus.
Copernicus is honored, together with Johannes Kepler , in the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) , with a feast day on 23 May.
Contemporary literary and artistic works inspired by Copernicus
* _Mover of the Earth, Stopper of the Sun_ for symphony orchestra (overture), written by composer Svitlana Azarova commissioned by ONDIF * _ Doctor Copernicus _, a 1975 novel by John Banville , sketches the life of Copernicus and the 16th-century world in which he lived.
* List of multiple discoveries * List of Roman Catholic scientist-clerics
* ^ Linton 2004 , pp. 39, 119. The Greek mathematician and astronomer Aristarchus of Samos proposed such a system during the third century BCE, but there is little evidence that his ideas were developed beyond a basic outline (Dreyer 1953 , pp. 135–48). Copernicus was aware of Aristarchus' heliocentric theory and cited him in an early (unpublished) manuscript of _De Revolutionibus_ (which still survives), though he removed the reference from his final published manuscript. * ^ He used Latin and German, knew enough Greek to translate the 7th-century Byzantine poet Theophylact Simocatta 's verses into Latin prose and "there is ample evidence that he knew the Polish language ". During his several years' studies in Italy, Copernicus presumably would also have learned some Italian. Professor Stefan Melkowski of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń likewise asserts that Copernicus spoke both German and Polish. * ^ See the title page at The book * ^ Dobrzycki and Hajdukiewicz (1969) describe Copernicus having attended school at Włocławek as unlikely. * ^ A reference to the "Commentariolus" is contained in a library catalogue, dated 1 May 1514, of a 16th-century historian, Matthew of Miechów , so it must have begun circulating before that date (Koyré, 1973, p. 85 ; Gingerich, 2004, p. 32 ). Thoren (1990 p. 99) gives the length of the manuscript as 40 pages. * ^ Koyré (1973, pp. 27, 90) and Rosen (1995, pp. 64,184) take the view that Copernicus was indeed concerned about possible objections from theologians, while Lindberg and Numbers (1986) argue against it. Koestler (1963) also denies it. Indirect evidence that Copernicus was concerned about objections from theologians comes from a letter written to him by Andreas Osiander in 1541, in which Osiander advises Copernicus to adopt a proposal by which he says "you will be able to appease the Peripatetics and theologians whose opposition you fear". (Koyré, 1973, pp. 35, 90) * ^ Particularly his use of the Tusi couple and his models for the motions of Mercury and the Moon (Linton 2004 , pp. 124, 137–38) * ^ Rosen (1995, pp. 187–92) , originally published in 1967 in _Saggi su Galileo Galilei_ . Rosen is particularly scathing about this and other statements in _The Sleepwalkers_, which he criticizes as inaccurate. * ^ Fantoli (2005, pp. 118–19) ; Finocchiaro (1989, pp. 148, 153) . On-line copies of Finocchiaro's translations of the relevant documents, Inquisition Minutes of 25 February 1616 and Cardinal Bellarmine\'s certificate of 26 May 1616, have been made available by Gagné (2005) . This notice of the decree would not have prevented Galileo from discussing heliocentrism solely as a mathematical hypothesis, but a stronger formal injunction (Finocchiaro, 1989, p. 147-148) not to teach it "in any way whatever, either orally or in writing", allegedly issued to him by the Commissary of the Holy Office, Father Michelangelo Segizzi, would certainly have done so (Fantoli, 2005, pp. 119–20, 137) . There has been much controversy over whether the copy of this injunction in the Vatican archives is authentic; if so, whether it was ever issued; and if so, whether it was legally valid (Fantoli, 2005, pp. 120–43) .
* ^ The oldest known portrait of Copernicus is that on Strasbourg astronomical clock , made by Tobias Stimmer c. 1571–4. According to the inscription next to the portrait, it was made from a self-portrait by Copernicus himself. This has led to speculation that the Torun portrait may be a copy based on the same self-portrait, but its provenance is unknown. André Goddu, _Copernicus and the Aristotelian Tradition_ (2010), p. 436 (note 125), citing Goddu, review of: Jerzy Gassowski,_Poszukiwanie grobu Mikolaja Kopernika_ in: _Journal for the History of Astronomy_ 38.2 (May 2007), p. 255. * ^ Jones, Daniel (2003) , Peter Roach, James Hartmann and Jane Setter, eds., _English Pronouncing Dictionary_, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 3-12-539683-2 CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link ) * ^ "Copernicus". _ Dictionary.com Unabridged_. Random House . * ^ "Copernicus". _ Merriam-Webster Dictionary _. * ^ modern pronunciation of the Polish form of the name: (_ listen ) * ^ A_ _B_ Owen Gingerich , "Did Copernicus Owe a Debt to Aristarchus?", _Journal for the History of Astronomy _, vol. 16, no. 1 (February 1985), pp. 37–42. * ^ Dava Sobel writes: "Copernicus had no idea that Aristarchus of Samos had proposed much the same thing in the third century B.C. The only work by Aristarchus known to Copernicus—a treatise called _On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and Moon_—made no mention of a heliocentric plan." Sobel (2011) pp. 18–19. Sobel further writes that in Copernicus' dedication of _On the Revolutions _ to Pope Paul III —which Copernicus hoped would dampen criticism of his heliocentric theory by "babblers... completely ignorant of "—the book's author wrote that, in rereading all of philosophy, in the pages of Cicero and Plutarch he had found references to those few thinkers who dared to move the Earth "against the traditional opinion of astronomers and almost against common sense." Sobel comments: "He still knew nothing of the Earth-moving plan of Aristarchus, which had not yet been reported to Latin audiences." (pp. 179–82). * ^ Edward Rosen , "Copernicus, Nicolaus", _Encyclopedia Americana _, International Edition, volume 7, Danbury, Connecticut, Grolier Incorporated, 1986, ISBN 0-7172-0117-1 , pp. 755–56. * ^ "Copernicus seems to have drawn up some notes while he was at Olsztyn in 1519. He made them the basis of a report on the matter, written in German, which he presented to the Prussian Diet held in 1522 at Grudziądz ... He later drew up a revised and enlarged version of his little treatise, this time in Latin, and setting forth a general theory of money, for presentation to the Diet of 1528." Angus Armitage, _The World of Copernicus_, 1951, p. 91. * ^ Iłowiecki, Maciej (1981). _Dzieje nauki polskiej_ (in Polish). Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Interpress. p. 40. ISBN 83-223-1876-6 . * ^ _A_ _B_ Sheila Rabin. "Nicolaus Copernicus". _Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy_. Retrieved 22 April 2007. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ _H_ _I_ _J_ _K_ _L_ _M_ _N_ _O_ _P_ _Q_ _R_ _S_ Dobrzycki and Hajdukiewicz (1969), p. 4. * ^ _John Freely, Celestial Revolutionary, IB Taurus the Grand Master of the order once described him as 'the devil incarnate'. was the trusted friend and advisor of three kings in succession: John Albert, Alexander (not to be confused with the poisoning pope), and Sigismund; and his influence greatly strengthened the ties between Warmia and Poland proper." Moore (1994), pp. 52, 62. * ^ Dobrzycki and Hajdukiewicz (1969), p. 5. * ^ Wojciech Iwanczak (1998). "Watzenrode, Lucas". In Bautz, Traugott. _Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL)_ (in German). 13. Herzberg: Bautz. col. 389–393. ISBN 3-88309-072-7 . * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ Dobrzycki and Hajdukiewicz (1969), p. 5. * ^ "To obtain for his nephews the necessary support , the bishop procured their election as canons by the chapter of Frauenburg (1497–1498)." "Nicolaus Copernicus" , _ New Advent _ (online version of the 1913 _ Catholic Encyclopedia _). Retrieved 9 June 2013. * ^ Ed Rosen points out that he used phonetic descriptions of Polish words which suggests he was not fluent. See Nicolas Copernicus Thorunensis * ^ "He spoke German, Polish and Latin with equal fluency as well as Italian." Stone, p. 101. * ^ "He spoke Polish, Latin, and Greek." Somerville, p. 10. * ^ "He was a linguist with a command of Polish, German and Latin, and he possessed also a knowledge of Greek rare at that period in northeastern Europe and probably had some acquaintance with Italian and Hebrew." Angus Armitage, _Copernicus, the founder of modern astronomy_, p. 62. * ^ _A_ _B_ Angus Armitage, _The World of Copernicus_, pp. 75–77. * ^ Davies, Norman (2005). _God's playground. A History of Poland in Two Volumes_. II. Oxford University Press. p. 26. ISBN 0-19-925340-4 . * ^ Melkowski, Stefan (May 2003). "_O historii i o współczesności_ (On History and the Present Day)" (in Polish). Retrieved 22 April 2007. * ^ "_Deutsch war für Kopernikus Muttersprache und Alltagssprache, wenn auch der schriftliche Umgang fast ausschließlich auf Lateinisch erfolgte._" Carrier, p. 192. * ^ _A_ _B_ Rosen (1995, p. 127). * ^ "Although great importance has frequently been ascribed to this fact, it does not imply that Copernicus considered himself to be a German. The 'nationes' of a medieval university had nothing in common with nations in the modern sense of the word. Students who were natives of Prussia and Silesia were automatically described as belonging to the Natio Germanorum. Furthmore, at Bologna, this was the 'privileged' nation; consequently, Copernicus had very good reason for inscribing himself on its register." Koyre, p. 21 * ^ "It is important to recognize, however, that the medieval Latin concept of _natio_, or "nation", referred to the community of feudal lords both in Germany and elsewhere, not to 'the people' in the nineteenth-century democratic or nationalistic sense of the word." Johnson, p. 23. * ^ Koestler, 1968, p. 129. * ^ These interpretations date to the dispute about Copernicus' (Polish vs. German) ethnicity, which had been open since the 1870s, and both the "copper" vs. "dill" interpretations go back to the 19th century, (_Magazin für die Literatur des Auslandes_, 1875, 534f), but the dispute became virulent once again in the 1960s, culminating in a controversy between E. Mosko ("copper") and S. Rospond ("dill") during 1963/4, summarized by Zygmunt Brocki, "Wsrôd publikacji o etymologii nazwiska Mikotaja Kopernika " _Komunikaty mazur.-warm._, 1970). * ^ _A_ _B_ Gingerich (2004), p. 143. * ^ Biskup (1973), p. 32 * ^ "In the documents still in existence we find the entry: _Nicolaus Nicolai de Torunia_." Moore (1994), p. 50. * ^ Biskup (1973), pp. 38, 82 * ^ Malagola (1878), p. 562–65 * ^ Maximilian Curtze, _Ueber die Orthographie des Namens Coppernicus_, 1879 * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Czesław Miłosz , _The History of Polish Literature_, p. 38. * ^ Angus Armitage, _The World of Copernicus_, p. 55. * ^ Dobrzycki and Hajdukiewicz (1969), pp. 4–5. * ^ Sobel (2011), pp. 7, 232. * ^ Jerzy Dobrzycki and Leszek Hajdukiewicz, "Kopernik, Mikołaj", _ Polski słownik biograficzny _ (Polish Biographical Dictionary), vol. XIV, Wrocław, Polish Academy of Sciences , 1969, p. 5. * ^ Rosen, Ed (December 1960). "Copernicus was not a priest" (PDF). _PROC AMER PHIL SOC_. 104 (6). * ^ Rosen, Edward (1995). "Chapter 6: Copernicus' Alleged Priesthood". In Hilfstein, Erna. _Copernicus and his successors_. U.K.: The Hambledon Press. pp. 47–56. ISBN 1-85285-071-X . Retrieved 17 December 2014. * ^ Hagen, J. (1908). Nicolaus Copernicus. In _The Catholic Encyclopedia_. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved November 6, 2015 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04352b.htm * ^ Dobrzycki and Hajdukiewicz (1969), p. 5. * ^ Dobrzycki and Hajdukiewicz (1969), pp. 5–6. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ _H_ Dobrzycki and Hajdukiewicz (1969), p. 6. * ^ Copernicus' brother Andreas would, before the end of 1512, develop leprosy and be forced to leave Warmia for Italy. In November 1518 Copernicus would learn that his brother had died. Sobel (2011) pp. 26, 34, 40. * ^ Rabin (2005) . * ^ Gingerich (2004, pp. 187–89, 201) ; Koyré (1973, p. 94) ; Kuhn (1957, p. 93) ; Rosen (2004, p. 123) ; Rabin (2005) . 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