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The theory that the sun is the centre of the solar system, with the planets (including the earth) orbiting round it.Compare with Ptolemaic system
- ‘We are in the position of medieval astronomers who fear that if the Copernican theory of the solar system is true, ‘the earth’ as we have conceived it does not exist.’
- ‘Making the orbits elliptical made the Copernican system more accurate.’
- ‘Suppose I decide that I believe the Ptolemaic system is more plausible than the Copernican system.’
- ‘He also became an advocate of the controversial Copernican theory of the solar system, which he often defended in public debates.’
- ‘But also for the first time in print he came out clearly in favour of the Copernican system with the sun at the centre.’
Mid 17th century: named after Copernicus(see Copernicus, Nicolaus).
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