Copernicus wrote the “Commentariolus” some time before 1514 and circulated copies to his friends and colleagues. It thus became known among Copernicus’s contemporaries, though it was never printed during his lifetime.
It only goes to show that if everyone thinks the current system is correct, things may change. It shows that if you think Salem is the center of the land use universe, or some other traditional notion or organization, some revolutionary may come along and propose a different idea.
Or, maybe, we all just grow up.