Open copy of  'On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres' 1543.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Open copy of 'On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres' 1543.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

This illustration of the solar system, from the book 'On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres' by Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) and published in Latin in 1543, was the first to show the earth in orbit around the sun. It began a revolution in human thought and displaced mankind from the centre of the universe.
 

Image Ref.

10308640
 

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