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Copernicus, Nicolaus

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Author(s): Życiñski, Józef
[German Version] (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…

Anthropic Principle

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Author(s): Zycinski, Józef | Hefner, Philip
[German Version] I. Science – II. Philosophy of Religion I. Science In 1973, Brandon Carter introduced the expression “anthropic principles” in order to emphasize that the earthly observer assumes a privileged position in the universe in the sense that the development of life based on carbon requires very specific conditions. These conditions depend on certain characte…