Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Element Named for Copernicus

Recently discovered element 112 is no longer nameless: it has been named Copernicum, after the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who rediscovered the idea of the heliocentric solar system (Aristarchus of Samos proposed the same idea in the 200s B.C.). While Copernicum is unlikely to impact any of us on an individual basis, it is a fitting tribute to the man who, literally, reordered the cosmos.

To read more: Popular Science

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