The Great Adaptation

When Nicolaus Copernicus published his model of heliocentrism (positing the Sun as the centre of the universe) in On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres just before his death in 1543, he accomplished what amounts to the literal moving of heaven and Earth. He also politely informed his five hundred million planetary (human) cohabitants of their mediocrity. The “Copernican Revolution” then,...