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14:00 - 15:00 23 May 2016
Galileo: what was his crime?
G6 Lecture Theatre |
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom
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In April 1633 the natural philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was put on trial by the Roman Inquisition. The principal charge against him concerned his support for the Copernican hypothesis, namely that a mobile earth orbited a stationary sun, and whether it contradicted the Scriptures. In the end, however, he was found only “vehemently suspected of heresy” and placed under house arrest for the remainder of his life. So what was real Galileo’s crime? Was science really defeated by religion, as legend would have it? This session will examine the events leading up to Galileo’s trial, as well as the trial itself, before you, the ‘jury’, decide his fate.
UCL Festival of Culture
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