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Copernicus, Nicolaus (1473-1543)
Revolutionized astronomy by proposing the Sun, not Earth, as the center of the solar system.
Galileo, Galilei (1564-1642)
Invented the first astronomical telescope.
Mercator, Gerald (16th century)
Dutch cartographer who invented the "Mercator Projection"; a way to accurately project the spherical world onto a flat chart or map. First to use the word "Atlas" for a book of maps.
Ptolemy (A.D.2)
Egyptian astronomer who held the Earth was the center of the universe.
 

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