We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
German Renaissance mathematician and astronomer
1473 – 1543
Nicolaus Copernicus was a mathematician and astronomer during the Renaissance. Having no formal training, other than a doctorate in canon law, Copernicus worked as a physician, scholar, artist and translator throughout his life. His most notable achievement is his heliocentric model of the universe. Published just before his death in 1543, De revolutionibus orbium coelstium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres) describes Copernicus’s theory that the sun, and not the earth, is the centre of the universe.
As today’s science make giant leaps of discovery, A Little History of Science boils down its long and complex history and links together its many different fields to tell the greatest story on earth. From the first civilisations who looked up at the st …