Topic: Renaissance

Current Event February 14, 2021

Weird News: Divers Discover 16th Century Shipwreck

Culture Renaissance Transportation

Listen to hear about a very old shipwreck found on the coast of Italy.

Vocabulary: merchant, archaeologist

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Copernicus and the Center of the Universe

Religion Renaissance Astronomy Motion

Until the 1500’s, it was understood that the earth was the center of the universe and that all celestial bodies revolved around it. In his book On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, Nicolaus Copernicus challenged that accepted idea by providing evidence that, in fact, earth, along with the other planets, revolved around the sun. In this audio story, the story of Copernicus and his revolutionary idea is retold. The story delves into how and why Copernicus shared his belief with the world. The story compares the resistance to accepting Copernicus’ belief with modern debates over topics like climate change.

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