nicolaus copernicus

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  • On February 19, 1473 in Royal Prussia, Nicolaus Copernicus was born.
  • When Nicolaus grows up, he will leave a lasting impact on the world. 
  • At age 18, his uncle sent him to the University of Cracow, where he fell in love with astronomy.
  • I love astronomy! I want to learn more about the sky.
  • 20 years later
  • In 1512, Copernicus published his first manuscript. This is how his fame began to spread.
  • Ooooh! Look at my new manuscript called Commentariolus. It is about the sun being in the middle of the universe. 
  • Copernicus's work received a lot of criticism from people such as Martin Luther, and John Widmanstad. A local school teacher even made a rude play about him!
  • Why don't people like my manuscript?
  • In 1539, Georg Joachim Rheticus prints Copernicus's Narratio Prima, or First Report. After publishing the First Report, Rheticus continues to publish the rest of Copernicus's works.
  • Hello, I'm here to help publish your book!
  • On May 24, 1543, Copernicus gets the first copy of his book, Revolution. After a few hours, Copernicus dies of a stroke at age 70.
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