These days, we are treated to glorious images of the cosmos through astrophotography and sophisticated three-dimensional visualizations of the universe. In the early centuries of astronomy, however, our visions of the cosmos often took the shape of diagrams—representing what we believed about our solar system.
Do you want your share of scientific immortality? You can devote your life to mastering your field, examining the mysteries of the universe, and then finally arriving at one great discovery...but according to Stigler's Law, you won't get the credit.
Even the fiercest opponents of science can sometimes make brilliant discoveries...just not quite in the way that they intended. Like Italian priest Giovanni Riccioli, who in his zeal to prove Copernicus wrong unintentionally discovered the Coriolis effect 200 years early.