Copernicus (1473-1543) and Islamic Astronomy

Nicolous Copernicus was born in Torun (Poland 1473) and died in Frombork (Poland 1643). He spent four years (1496-1501) in Bologna, Italy. He studied astronomy there.

His life story is well known, but I would like to report what I learned from a TV program about two months ago.

Let us now talk about our own problems.

At the time of Copernicus, physics changed in every thousand years. These days, physics changes in every ten years if not one year. Before Newton, physicists tried to find physical laws by looking at the sky. People still do. Do you know how many stars there are in the sky? These days, there are the same number number of physics papers to read. Thus, some physicists try to find something new from those papers.

copyright@2014 by Y. S. Kim, unless otherwise specified. The portrait of Copernicus is from a postcard I purchased from the Jagiellonian University book store. The map of the Vistula Lagoon and the portrait of Galileo Galilei are from the public domain.

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