History on Trial

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:
History on Trial

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This chapter describes the reasons for the delay of Pio Paschini's book on the silent rehabilitation of Galileo occasioned by tricentennial. It also evaluates the reasons for the posthumous publication, and the controversy generated by such a publication. After Paschini died, he named his former student Maccarrone as the legal heir of his manuscript on Galileo. Maccarrone approached the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which appeared interested in publishing the book on the occasion of the four-hundredth anniversary of Galileo's birth; it commissioned Edmond Lamalle to make appropriate revisions and updates and to edit the book. There is no question that Paschini received a personal vindication, both through the indefatigable efforts of his faithful disciple Maccarrone and from the convergence of the world-historical circumstances of the Second Vatican Council. Pietro Bertolla decided to examine Paschini's original manuscript and compare it with the published book. The results were surprising.

Keywords: Galileo; Pio Paschini; Maccarrone; Pontifical Academy of Sciences; Edmond Lamalle; Pietro Bertolla

Chapter.  10330 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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