Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), of German and possibly Polish extraction, spent three years at the University of Cracow and then ten years at Italian universities. In Italy he was introduced to the Pythagorean ideas, which left a permanent mark on his mind, and became interested in astronomical theories. He returned home to the position of canon of Frauenburg cathedral where he stayed until his death. [excerpt]
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Bloom, Robert L. et al. "2. Copernicus. Pt. VIII: The Development of Modern Science." Ideas and Institutions of Western Man (Gettysburg College, 1958), 11-20.