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Burning Astronomers?

 
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precinctomega



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:34 am    Post subject: Burning Astronomers? Reply with quote

I enjoyed the article. Nothing especially new, but, as ever, readable, concise and enlightening. However, I wonder if I.E. can cite a specific example of a "heretic" astronomer being burnt at the stake?

This most iconic of medieval executions was, in fact, very rarely executed and mostly for treason rather than heresy (and often for female adultery, which was considered a form of treason).

That's not to say that no astronomers were burnt. I just can't find any record of it.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:06 pm    Post subject: An astronomer burned as a heretic Reply with quote

Hi,

The one I found in my research was Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake in 1600.

One of the crimes he was judged and comdemed of was claiming the infinity plurality of inhabited worlds throughout the Universe (in a book entitled "De l'Infinito , Universo e Mondi").

Although I will admit there were other charges as well.

That, and he was never considered to be all that good as an astronomer.

Galileo was condemned also as a heretic for heliocentric views but he was placed under house arrest instead, and remained so for the last eight years of his life.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Touche!

Let us hope that our days of burning astronomers is over.

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