They used only parts of his theory those who did

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Unformatted text preview: entric system put the Sun (helio) at the center of our system. He was not the first to have this theory. Earlier starwatchers had believed the same, but it was Copernicus who brought it to the world of the Renaissance and used his own observations of the movements of the planets to back up his idea. His ideas, including the revelation that the Earth rotates on its axis, were too different for most of the scholars of his time to accept. They used only parts of his theory. Those who did study his work intact often did so in secret. They were called Copernicans. Galileo Born in Pisa, Italy approximately 100 years after Copernicus, Galileo became a brilliant student with an amazing genius for invention and observation. He had his own ideas on how motion really worked, as opposed to what Aristotle had taught, and devised a telescope that could enlarge objects up to 20 times. He was able to use this telescope to prove the truth of the Copernican system of heliocentrism. He published his observations, which went against the established teaching of the Church. He was brought to trial and, although he made a confession of wrong ­doing, he was...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2012 for the course EDT 181 taught by Professor Keithstevenharring during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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