No. 2 – The Earth Is the Center of the Universe

Chalk it up to humanity’s collectively huge ego. Second-century astronomer Ptolemy’s (blatantly wrong) Earth-centered model of the solar system didn’t just stay in vogue for 20 or 30 years; it stuck around for a millennium and then some.

 

It wasn’t until almost 1,400 years later that Copernicus published his heliocentric (sun-centered) model in 1543. Copernicus wasn’t the first to suggest that the we orbited the sun, but his theory was the first to gain traction.

 

Ninety years after its publication, the Catholic Church was still clinging to the idea that we were at the center of it all and duking it out with Galileo over his defense of the Copernican view. Old habits die hard. Chalk it up to humanity’s collectively huge ego. Second-century astronomer Ptolemy’s (blatantly wrong) Earth-centered model of the solar system didn’t just stay in vogue for 20 or 30 years; it stuck around for a millennium and then some.

 

It wasn’t until almost 1,400 years later that Copernicus published his heliocentric (sun-centered) model in 1543. Copernicus wasn’t the first to suggest that the we orbited the sun, but his theory was the first to gain traction.

 

Ninety years after its publication, the Catholic Church was still clinging to the idea that we were at the center of it all and duking it out with Galileo over his defense of the Copernican view. Old habits die hard.