"With the invention of the printing press, intellectual classics that had lain dormant for centuries suddenly became both available and affordable. A Pole named Mikolai Kopernik could not get enough of them. He read his way from Cracow to Bologna and back again, returning home with volumes of Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, and Ptolemy in his luggage. He also came home with the name most of us know him by -- Copernicus -- the man who changed our vision of the universe."
- Barbara Brown Taylor