The Galileo Affair Reconsidered

In an effort of fairness to the conversation, I want to post an article recommended by Looney.

The classic image of Galileo Galilei has the 16th century Italian scientist dropping two balls of differing weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and observing them hitting the ground at the same time. Though that scenario was probably no more than one of Galileo’s thought experiments—his known tests involved rolling balls down inclines—it does illustrate his towering reputation as a scientific revolutionary. Galileo helped pave the way for classic mechanics and made huge technological and observational leaps in astronomy. Most famously, he championed the Copernican model of the universe, which put the sun at its center and the earth in orbit. The Catholic Church banned Galileo’s 1632 book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, forced Galileo to recant his heliocentric views and condemned him to house arrest. He died in his Florence home in 1642.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/galileo-reconsidered.html#ixzz0zVYW2DF7

Anyway, read the entire article and ponder the nature of this new information and why it would be important to some.

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