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The Universe of Nicolaus Copernicus. Exhibition at the Main Library
  • 31.10.2023

The AGH University Main Library invites you to visit an exhibition dedicated to Nicolaus Copernicus. The year 2023 marks his 550th birthday anniversary and his 480th death anniversary, and the 480th anniversary of the publication of ‘De revolutionibus orbium coelestium’. The exhibition titled ‘The Universe of Nicolaus Copernicus’ will be on display until the end of October 2023.

The creators of the exhibition sought to answer the question of how it was possible that in a town on the edge of Europe, alone, isolated from the scientific world conducting research in his moments free from the busyness of his duties, with instruments created back in antiquity, and therefore without a telescope, against all odds, Copernicus made an epochal discovery, changing the perception of the Earth in the Universe, and thus the place of man in the order of creation.

The exhibition presents his life, the places where he lived and worked, the fields in which – in addition to astronomy – he was intensively involved (law, medicine, cartography, mathematics, economics). It shows what the scientific revolution caused by the discovery of the heliocentric theory was and presents the fate of the work De revolutionibus orbium coelestium.

The exhibition also shows the astronomer's ties to Krakow. It was at a Krakow university that the less than 19-year-old Nicolaus began his academic education.

Copernicus became an inspiration for mass culture. The exhibition features, among other things, comics by Piotr Drzewiecki, as well as memes. You will also see post stamps, banknotes, and medals.

The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the employees of the Faculty of Geo-Data Science, Geodesy, and Environmental Engineering.

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