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Galileo, Hell and Science

dee-em
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2/17/2016 11:11:17 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
This is an interesting piece on Galileo being commissioned to calculate the dimensions of Hell (universally believed to be within the Earth at the time).

http://www.abc.net.au...

He turned the problem of hell and its dimensions into one of the foundations of modern science and engineering.

In doing so, Galileo established an approach to science that has held sway to this day --- that of stubbornly checking out your beliefs against reality.
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desmac
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2/17/2016 12:15:25 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/17/2016 11:32:50 AM, Mhykiel wrote:
Dante's inferno is not scripture.

Well spotted. Give the guy a gold star.
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2/17/2016 12:44:56 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/17/2016 11:11:17 AM, dee-em wrote:
This is an interesting piece on Galileo being commissioned to calculate the dimensions of Hell (universally believed to be within the Earth at the time).

http://www.abc.net.au...

He turned the problem of hell and its dimensions into one of the foundations of modern science and engineering.

In doing so, Galileo established an approach to science that has held sway to this day --- that of stubbornly checking out your beliefs against reality.


I stopped reading but it was hilarious. Thanks for that.
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dee-em
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2/18/2016 2:20:41 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/17/2016 11:32:50 AM, Mhykiel wrote:
Dante's inferno is not scripture.

From the link:

The academic and church establishments of 14th century Italy took Dante's picture of hell literally. The Florentine academy even asked a young polymath called Galileo Galilei to calculate its exact dimensions, based on Dante's description.
"Funny, I was going to say the same thing about you".
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Gentorev
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2/18/2016 1:26:54 PM
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At 2/18/2016 2:20:41 AM, dee-em wrote:
At 2/17/2016 11:32:50 AM, Mhykiel wrote:
Dante's inferno is not scripture.

From the link:

The academic and church establishments of 14th century Italy took Dante's picture of hell literally. The Florentine academy even asked a young polymath called Galileo Galilei to calculate its exact dimensions, based on Dante's description.

Speaking of Galileo Galilei; It was only when he was on his death- bed that Nicolaus Copernicus dared to publish his sun-centred model of the universe. And Galileo Galilei, who was constantly in conflict with the church, skilfully arguing with the church authorities for Copernicus views, finally died under house arrest as a prisoner of the Inquisition.
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