329px de revolutionibus manuscript p9b

The Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres

1543

Why is it canonical?

Copernicus's most famous work was nothing short of a revolution in the world of science, first upsetting the world of astronomy and then subsequently calling all of the rules of physics into question. Inspired by ancient texts in ways that previous scientific scholars were not, Copernicus posited that the sun, rather than the earth, was the center of the solar system, and made discoveries about the rotation of the planets and their orbits.

Creators

Copernicus

Locations

Holy Roman Empire

Languages

Latin

Periods

Renaissance

Images and Videos

329px de revolutionibus manuscript p9b

Illustration from Copernicus's manuscript

Resources

The Revolution of the Celestial Spheres, full text in English