Friday, November 21, 2008

Copernicus and Thanksgiving

remains found
Researchers say DNA confirms astronomer's final resting place
By Monika Scislowska | Associated Press
November 21, 2008
WARSAW — Researchers said Thursday that they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton with hair retrieved from one of the 16th Century astronomer's books....

Nicolaus Copernicus is believed to have come up with his main idea of the sun at the center of the universe between 1508 and 1514, and during those years he wrote a manuscript commonly known as Commentariolus (Little Commentary).

His final thesis was published, however, only in the year of his death. His ideas challenged the Bible, the church and past theories, and they had important consequences for future thinkers, including Galileo, Descartes and Newton."

Me reflection:
Copernicus dared to challenge the Church's thesis that the earth was the center of the world. Even though we know our sun is just one sun of trillions, the mind shift that the earth, and hence we, are not the center of all things, is the beginning of wisdom

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