[Printable Version] The Renaissance has been defined as a rebirth of knowledge and revival of art and literature originating in Italy in the fifteenth century. This revival led to the revolution in the arts, which had an immense effect on the “understanding of the world of nature”. A revolution in physics and astronomy changed Western… Continue reading Was there a Scientific Renaissance? (Or don't read this unless you have lots of time on your hands)
[Printable Version] The conflict between Galileo and the church is a well-known incident in history often portrayed as a battle between the tyrannical Catholic Church and a heroic scientist. As recently as 1992 the Roman Catholic Church admitted they had made an error in their persecution of Galileo at a meeting of the Vatican’s Pontifical… Continue reading Why was Galileo’s Dialogue concerning the Two Chief World Systems condemned by the Roman Catholic Church? Was this confrontation inevitable or could it have been avoided?