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Introduction: The Galileo Affair from Descartes to John Paul II

Maurice A. Finocchiaro

in Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520242616
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941373 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520242616.003.0001
Introduction: The Galileo Affair from Descartes to John Paul II

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Although the 1633 condemnation ended the original Galileo affair, it also started a new controversy that has continued to this day—about the facts, causes, issues, and implications of the original trial. Galileo's trial shows the clash between conservation and innovation and constitutes one battle that the conservatives happened to win. A unifying theme is the idea of a series of retrials of Galileo—after his original trial (in 1613–1633).

Keywords: Galileo affair; Descartes; John Paul II; condemnation; retrying; original trial

Chapter.  2517 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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