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The Crime of Galileo The Crime of Galileo was written by GeorgeDe Santillana and published in Chicago by the University of Chicago press in 1955 While I was reading this book I learned that Galileo was an innovator who sought to advance science but he went about it in an unorthodox way The book is about the problems Galileo had with the Catholic Church during the Renaissance Galileo was a very good scientist but had a nasty way of antagonizing his fellow scientists In the book you get to read how he would invite his colleagues to discuss a theory but then he would intentionally humiliate them in public According to De Santillana because of his protagonist ways Galileo would rue the day for how he dealt with his fellow scientist In the book DeSantillana gives a detailed account of Galileos life as a child and growing up during the Renaissance and son of well-known musician Vincenzo Galilei The reader gets to read about the many adventures of Galileo such as the birth of his children his teaching of Prince Cosimo and the building of his telescopes in 1608 and 1609 After a brief history of his life you get into the meat of the book the crime of Galileo The crime of Galileo is his theory that the earth was not the center of the universe but was an orbiting planet with sun at the center and all the planets orbiting the sun This was not something that was never proposed by other scientists of his day The problem was that many of his fellow scientists believed he was correct after checking Galileos notes but the prospect of being tried for heresy was too great The Catholic Church took exception to this because it would call into question the religious dogma that the church had been teaching the public for hundreds of years For people who do not know during
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