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Galileo and the Infinite Universe: science, heresy, and the Inquisition

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Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method public lecture

Date: Thursday 11 November 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: 
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor David Wootton

Galileo was convicted in 1633 of defending Copernicanism, but he was also seeking to undermine Christianity. Professor Wootton will show that Galileo was no Christian, and that he welcomed the idea of an infinite universe with other inhabited worlds because he wanted to show that the universe was not made for man. 

David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York, author of Bad Medicine: doctors doing harm since Hippocrates and most recently Galileo: watcher of the skies.

Slides

A copy of Professor David Wootton's PowerPoint is now available online.

Download: Galileo and the Infinite Universe: science, heresy, and the Inquisition (pdf)|

Podcast

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