• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Copernican according to Copernicus "in the Copernican system the earth and other planets revolve around the sun"
    • adj Copernican of radical or major importance "a Copernican revolution in modern art"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Copernican Pertaining to Copernicus, a Prussian by birth (b. 1473, d. 1543), who taught the world the solar system now received, called the Copernican system.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Copernican Pertaining to Copernicus (originally Koppernigk, 1473-1543), a Prussian Pole and a celebrated astronomer, who, in a work published in 1543, promulgated the now received theory that the earth and the planets revolve about the sun; pertaining to or in accord with the astronomical doctrines of Copernicus.
    • n Copernican An adherent of the astronomical doctrines of Copernicus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Copernican ko-pėr′ni-kan relating to Copernicus, the famous Prussian astronomer (1473-1543), or to his system.
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In literature:

Life, like astronomy, has become Copernican.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
We shall conclude with the remark, that the discovery of Jupiter's satellites afforded the great confirmation of the Copernican theory.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
In like manner, it is worth while to pause a moment and consider what is implied in the substitution of the Copernican for the Ptolemaic system.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
At all these points the immortal group of men who adopted the Copernican theory at the Renascence, began again where the Greeks had left off.
"Progress and History" by Various
Tycho Brahe declined to accept the Copernican theory, and devised a system of his own, which he called the 'Tychonic.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
The triumph of the Copernican system is now at last supreme.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
Read Bruno and became smitten with the Copernican theory.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
The Anti-Copernicans, when they appealed to common sense, made this mistake.
"Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic" by William Stebbing
With the advent of the Copernican view what becomes of these age-old ideas?
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Herein lies the Copernican revolution.
"Kant's Theory of Knowledge" by Harold Arthur Prichard

In news:

Dec 14 is the 465th birthday of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), one of five key players in the 150-year Copernican revolution, a revolution he didn't fully support.
Welcome To The Third Copernican Revolution.
A " Copernican " Reassessment of the Human Mitochondrial DNA Tree from its Root.
A " Copernican " Reassessment of the Human Mitochondrial DNA T. Reduced-Median-Network Analysis of Complete Mitochondrial DN.
Westman, author of The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order, says it took awhile for scholars to accept Copernicus ' ideas.
In Our Expanding Universe, Earth Is Nothing Special John Rennie asks: What do "Fight Club" and the Copernican principal have in common.

In science:

In particular, if the Copernican tests Ok (z ) and C (z ) fail then we have a serious problem for cosmology, and the standard FLRW models.
Model independent tests of the standard cosmological model
Thus it is seen as an observational selection effect in a universe that is biofriendly; it relates to where and when we can exist in such a universe (“location” refers to time as well as space), and is to be seen as a contrast to the Copernican principle (all places are to be regarded as equivalent).
Editorial note to "Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology"
Two concepts that are sometimes used to motivate the use of the FLRW metric to describe the universe are the Copernican principle and the cosmological principle.
Backreaction in late-time cosmology
However, the Copernican principle says nothing about possible symmetries of the geometry or the matter distribution.
Backreaction in late-time cosmology
Neither the Copernican principle nor the cosmological principle (interpreted to refer to large-scale statistical properties) show that the universe would be described by the FLRW model.
Backreaction in late-time cosmology