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Copernicus sun-theory book stolen (Daily Telegraph)

Copernicus sun-theory book stolen (Daily Telegraph)

A RARE book by the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published
in 1543 has been stolen from a library in Ukraine.
Alexei Onishenko, director of the National Vernadsky Library in Kiev,
said there were only eight or 10 known copies of On the Revolutions of
the Heavenly Spheres.
Copernicus defied Christian doctrine in the book by proposing that
the sun, rather than the earth, was the centre of the universe. Mr
Onishenko said: "A reader took the book out to read on Wednesday, said
he was going out for a smoke and just disappeared with it."

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