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Title Burned alive : Giordano Bruno, Galileo and the Inquisition / Alberto A Martínez.
Author Martínez, Alberto A., author.
Publication London : Reaktion Books, 2018.
Copyright date ©2018
Description 348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 520.945 M
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. The crimes of Giordano Bruno -- Pythagoras and Copernicus -- The moving earth and the fugitive friar -- Prisoner of the Inquisition -- Censured propositions in Bruno's books -- Fire and smoke -- Why the Romans killed Bruno -- 2. Aliens on the moon? -- Kepler announces life in other worlds! -- Campanella imprisoned and tortured -- Bellarmine and the enemies of Bruno -- Galileo in danger -- 3. The enemies of Galileo -- Campanella defends Galileo from prison -- Galileo defends the Pythagorean doctrines again -- Inchofer against the new Pythagoreans -- No life in other worlds, no living earth -- Campanella's exile and death -- 4. Worlds on the moon and the stars -- How heretical, really? -- Bellarmine's innumerable suns -- Critiques after Galileo's death -- Conclusion.
Summary In 1600, the Catholic Inquisition condemned the philosopher and cosmologist Giordano Bruno for heresy, and he was then burned alive in the Campo de' Fiori in Rome. Historians, scientists, and philosophical scholars have traditionally held that Bruno's theological beliefs led to his execution, denying any link between his study of the nature of the universe and his trial. But in Burned Alive, Alberto A. Martínez draws on new evidence to claim that Bruno's cosmological beliefs--that the stars are suns surrounded by planetary worlds like our own, and that the Earth moves because it has a soul--were indeed the primary factor in his condemnation.
Linking Bruno's trial to later confrontations between the Inquisition and Galileo in 1616 and 1633, Martínez shows how some of the same Inquisitors who judged Bruno challenged Galileo. In particular, one clergyman who authored the most critical reports used by the Inquisition to condemn Galileo in 1633 immediately thereafter wrote an unpublished manuscript in which he denounced Galileo and other followers of Copernicus for their beliefs about the universe: that many worlds exist and that the Earth moves because it has a soul. Challenging the accepted history of astronomy to reveal Bruno as a true innovator whose contributions to the science predate those of Galileo, this book shows that is was cosmology, not theology, that led Bruno to his death.
Subject Catholic Church. Congregatio Romanae et Universalis Inquisitionis -- History -- 16th century.
Catholic Church. Congregatio Romanae et Universalis Inquisitionis -- History -- 17th century.
Bruno, Giordano, 1548-1600.
Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642.
Bruno, Giordano, 1548-1600. (OCoLC)fst00040767
Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642. (OCoLC)fst00029756
Catholic Church. Congregatio Romanae et Universalis Inquisitionis. (OCoLC)fst01554280
Astronomy -- Italy -- History -- 16th century.
Astronomy -- Italy -- History -- 17th century.
Astronomy -- Italy -- Religious aspects.
Religion and science -- Italy -- History -- 16th century.
Religion and science -- Italy -- History -- 17th century.
Heresy -- History -- 16th century.
Heresy -- History -- 17th century.
Heretics -- Italy -- History -- 16th century.
Heretics -- Italy -- History -- 17th century.
Astronomy. (OCoLC)fst00819673
Astronomy -- Religious aspects. (OCoLC)fst00819718
Heresy. (OCoLC)fst00955449
Heretics. (OCoLC)fst01748957
Religion and science. (OCoLC)fst01093848
Italy. (OCoLC)fst01204565
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 1780238967 hardback
9781780238968 hardback

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