Epilogue: Unfinished Business

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:
Epilogue: Unfinished Business

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Many people were disappointed or dissatisfied with the process of the ending of Pope John Paul II's rehabilitation of Galileo during the period 1979–1992. The case which was closed by Pope John Paul in 1992 was the process he had himself had started in 1979, which is merely a subepisode of the cause célèbre studied in this book. The business of the Galileo affair is indeed unfinished in more ways than one. Pietro Redondi claimed that the charge triggering the 1633 trial was that in The Assayer (1623), Galileo held and defended the doctrine of atomism. The relevance of Dava Sobel's book Galileo's Daughter is mentioned in this chapter. Despite its popular success, many readers criticize Sobel's book for being more about Galileo than about his daughter. Redondi's Galileo Heretic and Sobel's Galileo's Daughter reinforce the modest conclusion about the unfinished business of the Galileo affair.

Keywords: Galileo affair; Pope John Paul II; Pietro Redondi; Dava Sobel; Galileo's Daughter; Galileo Heretic; rehabilitation

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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