The theory of Copernicus that the planets revolve around the sun and that the turning of the earth on its axis from west to east accounts for the apparent rising and setting of the stars: basis of modern astronomy.
(astronomy) A heliocentric model of the solar system, proposed in the 16th Century by the eponymous astronomer.
Origin of copernican-system
From Copernicus (“a surname”) + -an + system. After Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who formulated and proposed the theory.
Copernican-system Sentence Examples
As results of Roberval's labours outside the department of pure mathematics may be noted a work on the system of the universe, in which he supports the Copernican system and attributes a mutual attraction to all particles of matter; and also the invention of a special kind of balance which goes by his name.
He demonstrated the rotation of the satellites of Jupiter round the planet, and gave rough predictions of their configurations, proved the rotation of the sun on its axis, established the general truth of the Copernican system as compared with that of Ptolemy, and fairly routed the fanciful dogmas of the philosophers.
It is not too much to say that the final triumph of the Copernican system was due in larger measure to his labours in this department than to his direct arguments in its favour.
This discovery provided evidence in support of the Copernican system and showed that everything did not revolve around the Earth.