Scientist and discoverer
One can dare to put forward the thesis that Copernicus was a Renaissance man – gifted in mathematical and physical sciences, familiar with classical languages, with extensive medical knowledge, philological erudition and well-established intellectual insight.
– Nicolaus Copernicus, De Revolutionibus, Book One –
– Nicolaus Copernicus, On the Minting of Coin –
– Nicolaus Copernicus, Letter to Albrecht Hohenzollern, Frombork, 21 VI 1541 –
The Copernican Revolution
„First of all, we must note that the universe is spherical. The reason is either that, of all forms, the sphere is the most perfect, needing no joint and being a complete whole, which can be neither increased nor diminished; or that it is the most capacious of figures, best suited to enclose and retain all things; or even that all the separate parts of the universe, I mean the sun, moon, planets and stars, are seen to be of this shape; or that wholes strive to be circumscribed by this boundary, as is apparent in drops of water and other fluid bodies when they seek to be self-contained. Hence no one will question the attribution of this form to the divine bodies”.
– Nicolaus Copernicus, De revolutionibus –