Nicolaus Copernicus and Marie Curie are two of Poland’s greatest scientists. But unfortunately, both are often misattributed to other countries. Poland doesn’t like this, and therefore tries to fix the misconception by creating statues and museums in their names, like the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument.
Copernicus was an important figure on the road to humanity’s understanding of the universe. He came up with the notion that the Earth was orbiting around the Sun. This theory went against Ptolemy’s system, which had been prevalent for more than a thousand years and stated that the Earth was at the center of the solar system. And, more significantly, Copernicus’s theory contrasted with the Church’s beliefs.
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