"Finally we shall place the sun himself at the center of the universe. All this is suggested . . . by the harmony of the whole universe, if we only face the facts with both eyes open." - Copernicus
Copernicus(Aristarchus actually back in like 300 to 200 B.C. was the first; but, he was laughed off the stage by Archimedes) put the sun at the center of the universe; this presented many problems which Tycho Brahe(with many interesting assistants, family and a dwarf), Kepler, and Galileo filled in the vacuum . . . the problems posed by Copernicus's bold move; Newton generalised and unified to a higher mathematical level; this was in turn generalized to a higher mathematical level again by Lagrange and Laplace a hundred years after Newton. Anyways, this all fits what Jacob Bronowski shows(and I generalize at least in a more concrete direction by means of James Burke's historical findings, as described in my origin of knowledge post . . . second to last on this blog) in his "Origins of Knowledge and Imagination. The above quote obviously belongs!