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12 July 2009

Another Good Science Quote for a Sunday

From Denny: Since it's Sunday I thought this smart quote was most fitting. Not all scientists are atheist, actually it is a small percentage that is so hostile toward spirituality. Scientists are just like the rest of the population: some believe in God, many are of varying religions and denominations, all question and doubt their faith, endeavoring to learn more over a lifetime.

What I like about this quote is the use of his mind in an analytical manner to explain what should be "the obvious"!

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"The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go." [Having proposed the heliocentric world view] - Galileo Galilei

Make sure you run your mouse over the photo of Gallileo's manuscript for lots of info!

.It was on this page that Galileo Galilei first noted an observation of the moons of Jupiter. This observation upset the notion that all celestial bodies must revolve around the Earth. Galileo published a full description in Sidereus Nuncius in March 1610.

In 1614, from the pulpit of Santa Maria Novella, Father Tommaso Caccini denounced Galileo's opinions on the motion of the Earth, judging them dangerous and close to heresy.

In 1616, Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino personally handed Galileo an admonition enjoining him neither to advocate nor teach Copernican astronomy.

In 1633 Galileo was ordered to stand trial on suspicion of heresy. He was ordered imprisoned; the sentence was later commuted to house arrest, where he remained until his death.

For a larger view just click on the Chris Weisberg link to take you to the flickr page - Image by Chris Weisberg via Flickr



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