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Let bestselling author Dava Sobel (Longitude; Galileo's Daughter) herself tells the story: "As a young man, Copernicus rearranged the cosmos to put the Sun, rather than the Earth, at its hub. Then he concealed the theory for thirty years, fearful of ridicule from his mathematician peers. But when his unexpected guest arrived, eager to learn the novel planetary order from its source, the aging Copernicus agreed to end his silence. The youth stayed on for two years, helped his mentor prepare the long neglected manuscript for publication, and then hand-carried it several hundred miles to the printer."