Although the idea of a medical career never seems to have appealed to Galileo, his father's wish was a fairly natural one since there had been a distinguished physician in his family in the previous century.
The Galileo affair is the one stock argument used to show that science and Catholic dogma are antagonistic. While Galileo's eventual condemnation was certainly unjust a close look at the facts puts to rout almost every aspect of the reigning Galileo legend.
Atoms - Galileo - University of Virginia
After Galileo built his telescope in 1604, he began mounting a body of evidence and openly supporting the Copernican theory that the earth and planets revolve around the sun. The Copernican theory, however, challenged the doctrine of Aristotle and the established order set by the Catholic Church.
Encountering Conflict | Life of Galileo – Year 12 English 2013
Astronomers of Galileo's day had accepted Aristotle's viewof the cosmos without question. His views, and those scientistswhose opinions conformed to these views, were regarded as possessingan almost divine quality. That is, if Aristotle said it was so,it must be so. One set of views that were adopted without questionby the astronomers of those days were those of Hipparchus, a Greekastronomer of the second century B.C. His system of the cosmosplaced Earth at the center of the cosmos and had the planets movingin orbits round the Earth.
Life of Galileo | Gareth's Culture and Travel Blog
The phases of Galileo's life
Galileo - Your interpretation?
One man brave enough to
challenge the powerful Church
Liberator of the people
Self interested Credulous"
Galileo is invited to a ball - Pope Bellarmin tells Galileo that he can continue his research as a 'theory' but not as the truth
"Greatness is occasionally a difficult burden..."
The Cardinal Inquisitor to Virginia
The little monk argues that the Church's decree is a
to the poor
Galileo spends 8 years in exile in Florence
Andrea returns and smuggles the Discorsi out of Italy.
The Life of Galileo | Wordsmith
There are a number of allusions to Galileo's science and toMarxism which are not further elaborated in the play; some of theseare glossed below.
The Life of Galileo by Kylie Price on Prezi
In 1613, Galileo wrote a letter to a student to explain how Copernican theory did not contradict Biblical passages, stating that scripture was written from an earthly perspective and implied that science provided a different, more accurate perspective. The letter was made public and Church Inquisition consultants pronounced Copernican theory heretical. In 1616, Galileo was ordered not to “hold, teach, or defend in any manner” the Copernican theory. Galileo obeyed the order for seven years, partly to make life easier and partly because he was a devoted Catholic.