The Final Pathetic Bleatings of the Forum
I humbly request the wisdom of AristotleReplies:
ok here is my final draft of my essay:
People in the 16th century were very ill informed about the world
around them. This was when people believed that rats came from dirty
rags and when the Bubonic Plague was going through Europe. People
wanted to maintain their believes of what they knew and not learn
about new ideas that they were not accustomed too. Many people did not
even have a basic education and many did not even to live to forty
years of age.
Many people during that time believed that the Earth was the center
of the universe. They believed that the sun, moon, stars and all
known planets circled the Earth. The main person to reject this common
belief was later known as the founder of modern astronomy, Nicolas
Copernicus. He believed the Earth and other bodies circled the sun.
This ideas was not new, but when others mentioned it before they were
rejected. Nicolas Copernicus was born in Torunac, Poland around 1473
and died in about 1543. He was an astronomer and a mathematician and
also studied a little bit of medicine and canon law. Canon law means
studying the books of the Bible. Copernicus wrote a 400 page treatise,
called De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, or On the Revolutions of
the Celestial Spheres. Completed in 1530, he talked about the theory
of the Earth rotating around its own axis daily and rotating around
the Sun, and to help prove it he had mathematical explanations to it
all. Copernicus was the first person in history to create a system
combining mathematics, physics and cosmology. He delayed publishing it
for thirteen years because he was afraid he would get into trouble
with the church. When it was finally published in 1543 it got hostile
review because everyone thought and believed that the Earth was the
center of the universe. Many people, such as William Shakespeare,
feared the theory because they thought it would destroy social order
and create chaos. Well others thought it helped justify some radical
theological views. Copernicus died shortly after it was published.
One astronomer named Tycho Brahe strongly rejected Copernicus theory.
Oddly enough the information that was gathered by him was used later
to support Copernicus theory which he did not like. When Tycho Brahe
died his assistant, Johannes Kepler looked at Brahes worked and
developed the laws of planetary motion, which was later reinforced by
Newtons law of gravitation and laws of motion.
Another astronomer was Galileo. Galileo supported Copernicus theory
with the telescope. Galileo showed that satellites (moons) orbited
other planets. He also viewed the moon in his telescope reporting that
the moons surface was rocky like that of the Earths. He announced his
results in the Nuncius or Sideral Messenger in 1610.
With Galileo and Keplers help, and many other scientist that came
before and after Copernicus, Copernicus theory was proven right and
it led up to a revloution of science. People in the 1500s and 1600s
were used to the old ways. In fact they used the same astronomy text
book, titled The Sphere since 1200. Copernicus theory disproved most
of it breaking the tradition.
In conclusion during the 16th century the people were very ignorant.
The common people of this period in history were not very well
educated, most were illiterate, and were more concerned with just
surviving every day life. People were not exposed or aware of events
that happened outside their daily lives. Copernicus, Galileo and
Kepler were among the individual exceptions. The ideas of these few
literate individuals were radical and many times rejected by others
who were educated and uneducated. Some astronomers, like Brohe, in
that time did not want to have the change in astronomy, even though
they figured it was true. In the end enough information was provided
to prove the theory 100% true.
end of essay....
So what do you guys think? Do you back up Copernicus' theory?????
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You are vastly oversimplifying the historical facts.
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First of all, the original theory proposed by Copernicus suggested that planets orbit around the Sun in circles, so Copernicus did not get it completely right. This is why Brahe was successful in his criticism---he showed that Copernicus's theory simply does not fit the observed data.
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Until Kepler realized that the planets orbit around the Sun in ellipses, the heliocentric system was in fact inferior to the Ptolemeic system. In your essay you picture Copernicus as some kind of genius who was opposed by a bunch of stupid people. This is a very one-sided perspective from today's point of view. People who criticized Copernicus pointed out, and rightly so, that his system did not fit the observed data.
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I think you have to write that, objectively speaking, until Kepler there was no scientific reason for accepting Copernicus's theory.
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Also, you should mention that Kepler's theory is not 100% true. There have been two subsequent improvements to Kepler's theory. First, Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity which explained certain anomalies in the orbits (they are not perfectly elliptic). Second, I discovered general theory of relativity, which explains further anomalies in the orbit of Mercury, which cannot be explained with Newton's theory.
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In general, it is silly of you to paint such a black and white picture: "people were very ignorant", "apart from Copernicus and Galileo everyone was evil". Give me a break.
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Copernicus was a priest.
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It is false that Copernicus was the first person who suggested a heliocentric system. Ancient Greeks did it too, in particular Heraclitus.
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After theory of relativity was discovered, it has been recognized that motion is relative. It is just as senseless to say that the Earth orbits the Sun rather than vice versa, as it is to say that everything in Australia is upside down.
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The point is that it is better to assume that the Earth is orbiting the Sun, because that leads to simpler mathematical theories describing the motion.
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Furthermore, your essay is a sexist piece of work. You do not give any credit to women.
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If you are going to talk about political issues, you should mention that the Catholic Church forced Galileo to renounce his opinion that the Earth orbits the Sun. Now this is actually something that you can blame the people of 16th century for--the Church of the 16th century had the power to suppress unorthodox ideas. It is not important whether they were wrong or right, because from today's perspective they were all wrong. The important thing is that one political power prevented free exchange of ideas by force.
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You may mention that Galileo said "eppur sei mona", which means "it moves, anyway", meaning that it does not matter what they make him say, the Earth still moves.
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I would say that your essay is just as ideologically charged as the opnions of the people who opposed Copernicus and Galileo. You pass unfair judgements about the 16th century. Water it down a little, boy.
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Uh, oh, I almost missed this one: "Copernicus was the first person in history to create a system combining mathematics, physics and cosmology." Are you crazy?! This is blatantly false. Just about every philosopher combined mathematics, physics and cosmology. For example, take Aristotle. Actually, why don't you mention that Spinoza created such a system before Copernicus, but his system was founded on religious ideas about God which made them unscientific.
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Ok, now rewrite the essay and come back.
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"Canon law" is spelled "Cannon law".