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Nationality: Polish
Date of Birth: 02/19/1473


 

Nicolaus Copernicus Quotes > We regard it as a certainty...

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We regard it as a certainty that the earth, enclosed between poles, is bounded by a spherical surface.
Nicolaus Copernicus

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