Some days you celebrate just because something happened on that day, and some days just because a person who did an amazing thing was born. Case in point: On this day in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus was born, and he later posited that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of the Solar System.
Nicolaus Copernicus was born on the 19th of Feburary, 1473 in Thorn in Poland.
Torun city revolves around one astronomer, who literally lives today in the city
Nicolas Copernicus Thorunensis.
I grew up in Torun, city of which most of you in Scotland have never heard but in the Poland it is a famous place, one of Poland’s oldest cities. Torun’s Old Town is one of the World Heritage Sites and it is absolutely one of the most beautiful sites to visit. Copernicus lives on in Torun even till date. Statues and shops, universities, hospitals , and restaurants are all named after this man who observed that it was the earth that rotated around the static sun.
Torun with Hanseatic tradition, it has for ages played a major role in the commercial relationships between Northern and Western Europe this city has made me more open to and curious about different cultures around the world.
I believe Torun has made me more open to and curious about different cultures around the world.
I discovered that many my private and conservation life was connected to Copernicus lives too. I born in hospital named after Copernicus .
And if you asked me many years ago what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would’ve confidently answered: “I want to be a conservator”. My first art lessons were on Copernicus Street close to two Gothic tenement Copernicus houses now Copernicus Museum. The houses are considered to be the birthplace of the astronomer.
In Torun , I finished Nicholas Copernicus University, Faculty of Fine Arts, and I received degree in Preservation of Cultural Property specializing in the Conservation of Paper and Leather Historic Objects. One of my work was treatment of the most important scientific publication of the 16th century
COPERNICUS, Nicolaus De revolutionibus orbium coelestium
Copernicus’ book with contemporary binding of flexible vellum is considered to be one of the most important works in the history of science, sparking the Copernican revolution and changing our view of the universe.
The work was published in Nuremberg in 1543 under the name of Nicolai Copernici Torinensis (Copernicus always emphasized his origins adding “a native of Toruń”). De revolutionibus placed for the first time the sun at the center of the universe and described the earth’s diurnal rotation and its annual rotation around the sun. Copernicus denounced the geocentric belief in the immobility of the earth as based on mere appearance. In order even to entertain an idea such as a heliocentric universe Copernicus had to break with virtually all current knowledge: astronomical, metaphysical, theological and, most basically, simple sensory perception. I found some story on the Internet, some of which go so far as to imply that he was the first to put bread and butter together.
Did Copernicus butter his bread? Story that Copernicus discovered the magic of buttered bread when he was put in charge of defending the besieged castle of Allenstein in Prussia, where he was nominally and put into service as a canon of the Cathedral of Frauenberg. This being the early sixteenth century, Copernicus found he was losing as many soldiers to the plague as he was to the enemy. Turning his powerful mind to the problem, he hypothesized a link between the plague and the vile food the soldiers were eating. To control contamination, Copernicus experimented with buttered bread. Amazingly, it seemed to work—and it tasted real fine too. Copernicus had a hit on his hands; buttered bread quickly became a dietary staple. Certainly the story is fun.
If you’re in Torun, you’ve got to pay a visit to the birthplace of the man who banished the earth from the center of the universe and has become the glorious symbol of the brave scientist who thinks outside-the-box!
Happy Birthday to Nicolaus Copernicus Torinensis !!!!!!