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Posted by M.W.Pearson on January 13, 2003 08:02:12 UTC

Addressed to Pope Paul III:
"Certain people, as soon as they hear that in this book On the Revolutions of the Spheres of the Universe I ascribe movement to the earthly globe, will cry out that, holding such views, I should at once be hissed off the stage.
"I am not so pleased with my own work that I should fail duly to weigh the judgment which others may pass thereon; and though I know that the speculations of a philosopher are far removed from the judgment of the multitude -- for his aim is to seek truth ... -- yet I hold that opinions which are quite erroneous should be avoided."
--from Nicolaus Copernicus
(1473-1543), On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres translated by John F. Dobson and Selig Brodetsky

Reprinted in Theories of the Universe, 1957,
Edited by Milton K. Munitz

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