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Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543)

  • Teresa Zielinska
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 1)

Abstract

Nicolaus Copernicus was an astronomer who provided the first modern formulation of a heliocentric (sun-centered) model of the solar system. Using logical arguments, available theory, and showing the weaknesses of the prevailing geocentric description of the universe, he elaborated a revolutionary model of the motion of the planets. His work is considered to be the most fundamental contribution ever made to the mechanics of celestial bodies. The paper introduces Copernicus’ life, the history of his most important works, and some less well-known facts about his impact on the practice of general mechanics.

Keywords

Celestial Body Polish Academy Spherical Pendulum Lissajous Curve Trigonometric Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa Zielinska
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  1. 1.Institute of Aeronautics and Applied MechanicsWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland

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