The World of Copernicus, takes us on a journey through time showing how many of the discoveries that now define our modern world, remained either covert due to fear, or were brutally suppressed. Consequently, the advent of new technology was delayed – sometimes for centuries.
Those whose ideas, or discoveries, seem to threaten the authority of the church often died; as even could those whose inventions and innovations might be conceivably construed as sorcery. Along with was new knowledge and innovations went suppression and persecution.
A form of telescope may even have been invented several centuries before Galileo used one and the inventor of spectacles never declared himself, probably for fear of being accused of sorcery.
Although a canon of the church, what Copernicus proposed was that the Earth orbited the Sun: controversially not only displacing the Earth from its, until then assumed position at the centre of the cosmos; but with it too, more importantly the church’s perceived place at the hub of god’s universe.
Other churchmen, as well as laity, died for far less – and yet he lived. The how and why forms a key element of this story, as do the multitudinous roles he played throughout his life.