Renaissance Time

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              A. The Geocentric Universe               Until just a few centuries ago most people believed:               1) The Earth stood at the center of the universe             2) The sun, moon, planets and stars revolved around the Earth.               This was a common-sense view because:               1) There was no constant wind             2) Objects would fly off a spinning Earth.               This was the view of Aristotle and Ptolemy which by the 16th century had  become              intertwined with Church doctrine.               The bible says that God created the heavens and Earth separate from each  other.          Aristotle said that heavenly bodies were perfect, unchanging and moving in  circular paths.               B. Copernicus                This was the view when Copernicus (1473-1543) was asked to study the  movements of the sun and moon to reform the Julian calendar now badly out of whack.               Copernicus  (Polish priest) Studied law at Bologna and medicine at Padua while  receiving private instruction in mathematics from a professor in who's house he lived in  Bologna.               The length of the year calculated under Julius Caesar was slightly wrong and  after 16 centuries the consequences were becoming noticeable.  
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2012 for the course GEOL 1420 taught by Professor Wagner during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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