Copernicus & The Sun

“Those who know that the consensus of many centuries has sanctioned the conception that the earth remains at rest in the middle of the heavens as its center, would, I reflected, regard it as an insane pronouncement if I made the opposite assertion that the earth moves.” Nicolas Copernicus The Renaissance was in full bloomContinue reading “Copernicus & The Sun”

He Saw a New Star and Invented Trigonometry

“We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.”  Carl Sagan, Cosmos The year 134 BCE was a momentous date in the life of Hipparchus.  In that year, he observed a rare phenomenon, a star in the constellation of Scorpio.  And it was not just any star; it was a new star,Continue reading “He Saw a New Star and Invented Trigonometry”

The Infinite, The Universe & The Void

“Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth.”  ― Ptolemy Our first stargazer, Anaximander, was  born in 611 B.C, in the city of our friend, Thales ofContinue reading “The Infinite, The Universe & The Void”