The idea that we orbit a sun in a galaxy filled with suns is surprisingly new. Beginning with Aristotle in 3rd century Greece, we originally thought that we were actually the center of everything until Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton had evidence that suggested otherwise. Our perspective’s progress is somewhat astounding when you think about it.
Now we live in a society where the knowledge of other solar systems isn’t worth burning at the stake. The cosmic perspective isn’t feared by religious institutions, but revered by the most popular astronomers of our time.
We can finally begin to understand the beauty, and origins, of our universe. Most importantly, however, we need to figure out how to utilize this connection to move civilization forward.
- Nicholas Copernicus and Johannes Kepler, Astronomers (allsaintsrussellville.net)
- Galileo Galilei Biography (physicio.wordpress.com)
- Portraits of Scientists & Philosophers on Baroque Title Pages (longstreet.typepad.com)