‘Old Copper Nicky’
Wednesday 20 February 2013, 4.46am HKT
TO those who are still living in yesterday, today (19 Feb) is the 540th birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus.
No special reason for writing about “Old Copper Nicky” — just that if it was good enough for a Google Doodle to be put up in his honour, then it’s good enough for me.
Besides, I’ve nothing interesting to write about.
OFFICIAL MUGSHOT (via Wikipedia)
a.k.a. Mikołaj Kopernik (Polish), Nikolaus Kopernikus (German)
19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543 (aged 70)
Astronomer, mathematician, military commander of Kraków
The Episcopal Church (USA) honours Copernicus (together with astronomer Johannes Kepler) with a feast day on 23 May.
Copernicus wasn’t the first person to say the Earth revolved around the Sun. But his book De Revolutionibus Orbium Cœlestium (‘On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres,’ 1543) was the first comprehensive heliocentric (sun-centred) model to supersede Ptolemy’s geocentric system that had been widely used since ancient times.
I remembered Mr Stuart, my history schoolmaster, telling us that lots of seafarers even in ancient times worked it out that the Sun couldn’t have revolved around Earth based on the relative movements of the Sun and the Moon in the day and night skies.
But to tell the truth, the whole reason for this post was that I just wanted to show you these two photos:—
Forensic reconstruction of Copernicus’ face
A broken nose and a scar above the left eye
He had a broken nose and a scar above the left eye. After all, he was a combat commander in the Siege of Allenstein (now Olsztyn, Poland) in January–February 1521 during the Polish–Teutonic War (1519–21).
Who’s the lookalike?
Copernicus vs. American actor James Cromwell
Interestingly, there is an highly rated luxury hotel by the name of Hotel Copernicus Kraków (Ulica Kanonicza 16, Kraków 31-002, Poland, www.copernicus.hotel.com.pl), apparently on the site or not far from Copernicus’ headquarters when he was commander of Kraków.
(via m4f: click for larger size)
“If giant 500-foot aliens ever invade Earth,
grab a knife, any climbing gear you have and head straight for
their booty-holes. Get all up in there and f*ck it up.
Ain’t no aliens going to mess with a planet of
7 billion anus irritators for long.”
© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2013. (B13067)