Where Have All the Heavens Gone

This collection of articles by renowned international scholars provides the historical context of the letter as well as a description of the scientific world of Galileo.

Where Have All the Heavens Gone

Twenty years before his famous trial, Galileo Galilei had spent two years carefully considering how the results of his own telescopic observations of the heavens as well as his convictions about the truth of the Copernican theory could be aligned with the Catholic Church's position on biblical interpretation and the authority of the magisterium. The product of these two years was an unpublished letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, the mother of his patron, Cosimo II de' Medici. Much has changed since this letter was written in 1615, but much has remained the same. This collection of articles by renowned international scholars provides the historical context of the letter as well as a description of the scientific world of Galileo. It also explores those issues that make this 1615 letter a document for our time: the public role of religious authority, the truth of the Bible, and the relationship of scientific inquiry to social justice. Galileo's letter to Christina has become a classic text in the history of the relationship between science and religion in the West for good reason; this volume explores why the letter has earned its rightful place as a classic even for today.

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Where Have All the Heavens Gone?
Language: en
Pages: 116
Authors: John P. McCarthy, Edmondo F. Lupieri
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-05-04 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Twenty years before his famous trial, Galileo Galilei had spent two years carefully considering how the results of his own telescopic observations of the heavens as well as his convictions about the truth of the Copernican theory could be aligned with the Catholic Church's position on biblical interpretation and the
Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo
Language: en
Pages: 301
Authors: Galileo Galilei
Categories: Astronomy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1990 - Publisher:

Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. His support of Copernican cosmology, against the Church's strong opposition, his development of a telescope, and his unorthodox opinions as a philosopher of science were the central concerns of his
Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo
Language: en
Pages: 302
Authors: Galileo Galilei
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1957 - Publisher: Anchor

Four short works illuminate the discoveries and the philosophy of the Italian astronomer and physicist who fought for the scientist's release from religious and political influences.
The Galileo Affair
Language: en
Pages: 382
Authors: Galileo Galilei
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1989-05-19 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

“A classic introduction to Galileo’s masterpiece.”—William A. Wallace, author of Galileo’s Logic of Discovery and Proof "This is an outstanding contribution to the literature of seventeenth-century science."--Robert Westman, University of California at San Diego "The Galileo Affair should be required reading for everyone who values freedom and fears censorship. The
Cosmology
Language: en
Pages: 648
Authors: Norriss S. Hetherington
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993-08-01 - Publisher: CRC Press

A most interesting collection of detailed but accessible contributions examining cosmology from multiple perspectives. The 31 chapters are organized in nine sections: cosmology and culture, the Greeks' geometrical cosmos, medieval cosmology and literature, the scientific revolution, galaxies--from speculation to science, the expanding universe, particle physics and cosmology, cosmology and philosophy,