The truth is relative
Almost 2,000 years ago, the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in Alexandria codified a geocentric model for understanding the cosmos. According to the Ptolemaic system, celestial bodies (including the sun) revolve around the earth. For almost 1,500 years, every man, woman and child believed this to be true.
Then in 1543, along came a Polish mathematician, physician, artist, translator, Catholic cleric jurist, civil servant classical scholar, military leader, diplomat, economist and amateur astronomer called Nicholas Copernicus – and informed the world that Ptolemy got it wrong.
Badly wrong. About as wrong as it is possible to get.
Copernicus’ book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), presented a heliocentric model of the …