Heliocentric model (courtesy of Wikimedia, public domain)
Benham Jones in for Corny O'Connell this morning. Today marks what would have been the 547th birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician, astronomer, and intellectual revolutionary.
His treatise On The Motion of Celestial Bodies, completed and published from his deathbed, changed the course of human history by defying his scientific forebears and establishing the heliocentric model of the universe.
For Question of the Day and to honor Copernicus and his contribution to the development of reason, let's do a set of songs in the 9am hour that put the sun at the center of the world.
1. The Magnetic Fields, "I Don't Believe in the Sun," 69 Love Songs Vol. 1
2. Richie Havens, "Here Comes The Sun," Alarm Clock
3. The Velvet Underground, "Who Loves The Sun?," Loaded
4. The Beach Boys, "The Warmth of the Sun," Shut Down, Vol. 2