Nicholas Copernicus, 1543-1943

Nicholas Copernicus, 1543-1943

Nicholas Copernicus, 1543-1943

Nicholas Copernicus, 1543-1943

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The author is, of course, fully conscious of the effort that he himself has contributed in the preparation of this booklet so that it would not offend the eye and yet retain some value -- besides that of a mere souvenir -- after it has served its present purpose. As measured by the demands of the subject and the occasion, he is also painfully aware that the result, such as it is, does not do full justice to the subject and may not completely fulfill the expectation of the occasion.

But the shortcomings would have been even greater, and certainly much more numerous, had it not been for the timely assistance of those to whom the author desires to express his gratitude. Thus, in the first place, to Dr. Henry Noble MacCracken, President of Vassar College and of the Kosciuszko Foundation, for having read the entire manuscript and for his encouragement and friendly advice. Secondly, to Dr. Oscar Halecki, the outstanding contemporary Polish historian, Professor of History at the University of Warsaw and now Director of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in New York, for his careful scrutiny of the historical angles of this monograph. The outline map of Poland in the days of Copernicus was also prepared under his supervision. And no less to Dr. Edward Rosen of the City College of New York -- our own leading Copernican scholar -- for his perusal of the scientific phases and bibliographical suggestions and for his many helpful comments.

As a result of this triple revision, many an ambiguous word or phrase has been caught and eliminated, thereby giving the author a certain degree of courage to feel that the story he has told has gained a measure of reliability that could not otherwise have been achieved.

S. P. M.

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