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S: Nicolaus Copernicus By L.J. Bryson

1: Introduction Hi, my name is Nicolaus Copernicus. I was a famous scientist way back in the day before you were even born. I proved scientists wrong about their theory of the universe, but they didn't believe it until after i was dead. i didn't figure it out all by myself. I had some help of course. Now i will start telling you my life story

2: One day in Torun, Poland I was born. The date was February 19, 1473.

3: When I got to the age of 15, I became interested in math and science. I began to trying to figure out how things worked in the universe. At those moments, I knew that I wanted to be a scientist.

4: While I was growing up, like every person, I made a few friends. I didn't have many because i spent a lot of time studying the way things work and Johannes, Kepler, and Galileo were the only ones interested in those subjects like I was. To tell you the truth, Galileo was my best friend out of all of them.

5: Eventually we all split apart after high school and went our own seperate ways. I attended the University of Krakow in 1491-1494. And then in 1496 I began studying church law at the University of Bologna in Italy. I pursued astronomy on my own time, making my first recorded astronomical observation in 1497.

6: Later on through the influence of my uncle, I was appointed a church official of the cathedral chapter of the Frauenburg. Then in 1501-1503 I studied medicine in Italy at the University of Padua. i received a degree in church law from the University of Ferrara in 1503. After that, I returned to Poland to take up my church position.

8: In 1514, the Roman Catholic church asked me and other scholars help in creating a more accurate calendar. Also I wrote an essay and distributed it to a small number of people. During much of my adult life I worked on a new theory. I built a small observatory. In my research I also used astronomical data gathered by others.

10: I began to hypothesize that the astrologists before my times were wrong about the theory of our universe. They stated that the Earth was the center of our solar system, but the actual truth was that there was a star that we call the sun that was the center of our universe. The sun is about 99% of the universe.

11: After i figured that out, I ran to my old University's campus and told one of my teachers. They laughed at me like I just told the funniest joke in the world. My feelings were really hurt then so i decided to go tell my friends. Of course I had to tell them how I got to my hypothesis and what proof I had.

12: Luckily they believed me. At that point, I didn't feel like a total loser. I felt like I still had a chance at proving my theory to the scientific community. Galileo was head of the Board of Scholars in the Scientific Community, so I had some help influencing them. When I get to the next meeting that they had, I found out that Galileo told them a little bit about my idea.

13: He had just gone into a small run through of it so I explained the rest and more in detail

14: Finally, after I had been trying to get this hypothesis into many minds, the other astronomers believed it to be true. Right when they all gave me the thumbs up that it could be published in the newspaper, I went straight to it. I was so excited then that I was about to pee in my pants.

15: When I get to Gutenberg's printing press company I asked him how much money it was to publish an article about my theory. He said it would be $10 to print one whole page about it and thats exactly what I wanted. Unfortunately, I died shortly after they printed the newspaper.

16: Questions for Nicolaus Amy: Mr. Copernicus, what was your religion and why did you choose tho be that? Nicolaus: Well Amy, I am Roman Catholic. I chose that religion because I liked the idea of that religion. Even though most scientists don't believe in Christianity, but I will never let them prove me wrong no matter what kind of proof that they want to present to me.

17: Carl: What was your greatest achievement in science? Nicolaus: My greatest achievement in the scientific community........thats a good one. I believe that it was my theory that the earth was not the center of our solar system. In fact, it was the sun. Scientists believed that up until I had all of my proof I needed, Unlike the Greek astronomers.

18: Taylor: Where did you get your inspiration about your theory of the universe? Nicolaus: I actually got my inspiration from an old Greek astronomer. His name was Ptolemy. He was very wise most of the time. But I'm glad that I proved him wrong or else we might still believe his theory.

19: Lewandoski: What was the biggest impact that you had on the Renaissance? Nicolaus: Well, I would say that my biggest influence during that time period was that I provided new information for the scientific community.

20: Interesting Facts I was best known as the astronomer that figured out that the sun was the actual center of the universe. The first printed copy of De Revolutionibus was placed in my hands the day that i died. Now, there is much controversy on how to spell and pronounce my last name.


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