Thursday, November 20, 2008

Copernicus Lost, Copernicus Found

Nicolaus Copernicus, astronomer and Catholic priest, had several good ideas in lifetime and one really good idea that changed the way we view the heavens and our place therein. In only six pages, Copernicus wrote out his ideas about his heliocentric hypothesis, the assertion that Earth and the planets orbit the Sun. With exceptions, the prevailing view before Copernicus was that Earth was the center of the universe around which all else revolved. His hypothesis challenged the Bible, the Church, previous theories and traditions, and was a major impetus for the work and thoughts of Galileo, Descartes, Newton and many generations of scientists.

When he died May 24, 1543, Copernicus was buried in the Frombork, Poland Roman Catholic Cathedral, but no exact record of the burial location within the Cathedral was made. As was the practice, the priest Copernicus was interred anonymously with other Church members under the floor tiles of the church. Remains were found in 2005 by Polish archaeologist Jerzy Gassowski, were reconstructed through computer generation technology. The remains were identified as Copernicus from a comparison between skeletal DNA and a hair found in one Copernicus' astronomy books.

Now we've reached the point of this post. On April 5, 2063, Zephram Cochrane, American scientist and developer of warp drive "launched his warp test vessel Phoenix from an abandoned Titan missile silo in remote Montana and unwittingly sparked first contact for Earth with a passing Vulcan ship." Okay, that was just a movie, Star Trek: First Contact. Cochran was played by James Cromwell who bears a striking resemblance to the great astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. How did they do that?

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Marie's Two Cents said...


They do bare a striking resembelance LOL!

Louise said...

Could they possibly steal a bit of Cochrane's DNA as see if Copernicus has reincarnated? I'm sure he's like to communicate with the Vulcans.

I wonder if this landed in Montana.

Indigo Red said...

Marie, I was going to pass on this story until several hours later when my brain, which workds in mysterious ways, flashed on the scene in the ST movie in which Zephram Cochran was singing and dancing raucusly to the Credence song with the the ooby-doopy lyrics. Then I saw Cromwells and Copers faces together. EURECA! A post is born.

I don't know if that object fell in Montana, Louise. I do know that alot of odd stuff has fallen in Montana, though. I, too, would be interested in Copers DNA and his descendants. I'm more interested to know if any of those descendants have been half as bright as Coper or was he a one off.