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Copernicus, Nicolaus
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(Dec 19, 1473, Torun – May 24, 1543, Frombork), Polish astronomer. Studied in Cracow (mathematics and painting), Bologna (astronomy), Padua (law and medicine), and Ferrara (canon law). Copernicus was secretary to the bishop of Warmia, Lukasz Watzenrode, and canon at the cathedral in Frombork. His project of a currency reform, which he proposed in his writing Monetae cudendae ratio (1517, 1526), later became known as “Gresham's Law.” During the war between the knights of the Teutonic Order (Orders of Germany) and the Kingdom of Poland, he criticized the order…

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Życiñski, Józef, “Copernicus, Nicolaus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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