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bush doctor
17-02-2012, 07:53 PM
It was Thursday morning, February 17, 1600, and the crowd in Rome was jeering. A fifty-one-year-old former priest, condemned as a heretic by the Inquisition, was being led, in chains, to his death.

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Giordano Bruno had spent the last eight years of his life in the dark dungeons of the Inquisition, where he was repeatedly interrogated and probably tortured. He refused to recant, however, hoping instead to convince the Inquisitors, and even the Pope himself, that his beliefs were correct. Of these beliefs, one of the most radical was that the stars were other suns, circled by planets like the Earth.

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Bruno was born in 1548, just five years after Copernicus published his revolutionary claim that the Sun, not the Earth, constituted the center of the universe around which all else revolved. The idea was so daring that the publisher prefaced Copernicus's work with a statement that the model was only a mathematical device to calculate planetary positions and did not reflect reality. Bruno, though, gladly adopted Copernicus's heliocentric model and took it even further. Copernicus thought the stars were merely part of the firmament, a finite sphere that encased the solar system, but Bruno proclaimed that they were actually distant suns scattered throughout a universe infinite in size. Around these suns circled planets. Bruno also predicted that additional planets, too distant to be seen, revolved around the Sun beyond the orbit of Saturn, the farthest planet then known.

Giordano Bruno - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

vagrant
17-02-2012, 08:31 PM
"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest" Zola

plam
17-02-2012, 08:36 PM
Men will never be free so long as they want to be free.

Plam

saty
17-02-2012, 08:58 PM
R.i.p.