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    In partnership with the University of Louisville Libraries and Jefferson Community & Technical College, the Frazier Museum presents books by Galileo and Copernicus, as well as the “Nuremberg Chronicle,” now through January 3, 2010. The fact that the three books have survived for centuries, coupled with their revolutionary content and history of controversy makes them incredibly rare.

    Published in 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus’ “On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres” is celebrated as the 16th century’s most important scientific publication, with only 276 of these books surviving today. This work was innovative because it offered an alternative model of the universe to Aristotle’s geocentric theory that had been widely accepted since ancient times. Copernicus’s heliocentric system moved the Earth from the Church-sanctioned position as the center of the universe to an orbit around the Sun.

    Building on Copernicus’ work, Galileo Galilei’s “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems,” published in 1632, shattered the church-endorsed Aristotelian view of the universe in favor of a heliocentric system, in which our universe revolves around the Sun. Within a year of publication, Galileo was condemned by the Catholic Church on suspicion of heresy and forced to renounce what he was certain to be true-- the Earth does move.

    Also on display and a predecessor to the scientifically-based works of Copernicus and Galileo, the “Nuremberg Chronicle,” written by Hartmann Schedel, is an illustrated world history from Creation up to the time of the book’s publication in 1493. Named for the German city in which the book was published, the Chronicle established a biblical view of the world. Less than 400 of these books have survived into the 21st century.

    The Fathers of Astronomy exhibition is free with museum admission and is open 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more, visit www.fraziermuseum.org or call (502) 753-5663.

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