Copernicus and His Revolutions

Copernicus and the De Revolutionibus

3(a). Copernicus, Early life and training: Torun

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(1) The village of Torun lies on the banks of the Vistula river, which drains into the Baltic. Copernicus, born in this house, though the son of a merchant, was the nephew of an Archbishop, Lucas Waczenrode. Uncle Lucas took Copernicus under his wing and set him on the path of financial security, funding his education for the church hierarchy through study of law and medicine. (Figure 1) (Figure 2) (Figure 3) (Figure 4) (Figure 5) (Figure 6) (Figure 7)

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Copernicus home, Torun, Poland.

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Copernicus home, Torun.

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Copernicus home, Torun, Poland.

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Copernicus home, Torun, Poland.

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Copernicus statue, Torun, Poland.

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Copernicus statue, Torun.

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Copernicus painting and statue, Torun, Poland.

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Notes and References

  1. (Text) - 1. This section owes much to Duane H.D. Roller, first curator of the University of Oklahoma History of Science Collections, who took all of the photographs of historical places. For an authoritative biography, see the work by Swerdlow previously cited.

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