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By Maurice A. Finocchiaro

Although fresh works on Galileo’s trial have reached new heights of erudition, documentation, and class, they generally convey inflated complexities, forget four hundred years of historiography, or make little attempt to benefit from Galileo. This publication strives to prevent such lacunae by means of judiciously evaluating and contrasting the 2 Galileo affairs, that's, the unique controversy over the earth’s movement finishing along with his condemnation by way of the Inquisition in 1633, and the next controversy over the rightness of that condemnation carrying on with to our day. The publication argues that the Copernican Revolution required that the speculation of the earth’s movement be not just constructively supported with new purposes and proof, but in addition seriously defended from quite a few outdated and new objections. This security in flip required not just the harmful refutation, but additionally the appreciative knowing of these objections in all their power. an enormous Galilean accomplishment used to be to complicated any such reasoned, serious, and fair-minded safety of Copernicanism. Galileo’s trial will be interpreted as a chain of ecclesiastic makes an attempt to prevent him from so protecting Copernicus. And a necessary thread of the following controversy has been the emergence of many arguments claiming that his condemnation was once correct, in addition to defenses of Galileo from such criticisms. The book’s specific but overarching thesis is that at the present time the right kind safety of Galileo can and will have the reasoned, severe, and fair-minded personality which his personal safety of Copernicus had.

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