Aristarchus of Samos


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Aristarchus of Sa·mos

 (sā′mŏs′, săm′ōs′, sä′môs) fl. 270 bc.
Greek astronomer who was among the first to propose that the sun is the center of the universe and that the earth moves around the sun.

Aristarchus of Samos

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(Biography) 3rd century bc, Greek astronomer who anticipated Copernicus in advancing the theory that the earth revolves around the sun
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Noun1.Aristarchus of Samos - an ancient Greek astronomer who was one of the first to propose a heliocentric theory of the universe (circa 270 BC)
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Before him, Aristarchus of Samos had held sway through his formulation of a similar model some eighteen centuries earlier.
For Riccioli it was evidently Aristarchus of Samos (circa 310-230 BC), Copernicus's predecessor who first proposed a Suncentered solar system with the planets in the right order and the stars far away.
Aristarchus of Samos knew better, but Aristotle had better publicity.
If that were the case, we would study Aristarchus of Samos rather than Copernicus and Galileo for heliocentrism.
On the contrary, Copernicus, a Polish canon of Frauenburg Cathedral, based his heliocentric findings on a theory originally proposed by Aristarchus of Samos, a Greek scientist of the third century B.C.
Archimedes attributes this theory to Aristarchus of Samos, who thus anticipated Copernicus by 2,000 years.