Saturday, 22 September 2018

Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to fool the Inquisition

Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to fool the Inquisition

It had been hiding in plain sight. The original letter — long thought lost — in which Galileo Galilei first set down his arguments against the church’s doctrine that the Sun orbits the Earth has been discovered in a misdated library catalogue in London. Its unearthing and analysis expose critical new details about the saga that led to the astronomer’s condemnation for heresy in 1633.

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