Nicolaus Copernicus we are not the center of the Universe
Today February 19, 2013 the Google Doodles team have a "Nicolaus Copernicus" Google Doodle on their homepage, and without the Google Doodle about Nicolaus Copernicus I doubt that millions of people around the world would have even noticed that Nicolaus Copernicus have been born today more than 540 years ago.
It is still amazing for me, when these Google Doodles appear on the search giants homepage, to think how Google can simply focus the world's attention on the subject, birthday, event or historical information that they choose to announce on their homepage. My guess is that millions of people will today follow the link from the Nicolaus Copernicus Google Doodle and learn more about this exceptional man.
Who was Nicolaus Copernicus?
He was the first person to realize that the sun is not revolving around the earth, and it is indeed the earth that revolves around the sun. It is human nature to think the world revolves around us, and it is hard to believe that earth is not the center of the universe. His theory and discovery is even more significant if you realize that he have formulated it almost 500 years ago, when technology was not as advanced as it is today.
Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Poland, in the Renaissance period on February 1473 and passed away on 24 May 1543. The publication of Copernicus' epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), just before his death in 1543, is considered a major event in the history of science. It began the Copernican Revolution and contributed importantly to the rise of the ensuing Scientific Revolution. Copernicus' heliocentric theory placed the Sun at the center of the solar system and described that system's mechanics in mathematical rather than Aristotelian terms.
Google Doodle for Nicolaus Copernicus
The Google Doodle of the Nicolaus Copernicus Doodle is animated, and show how the earth and other planets revolve around the sun. In the background you can see the Google words written behind the sun.