Today in History: Galileo Is Convicted of Heresy

| April 12, 2019

Félix_Parra_-_Galileo_Demonstrating_the_New_Astronomical_Theories_at_the_University_of_Padua_-_Google_Art_ProjectOn April 12, 1633 Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilee (1564-1642) was convicted of heresy by the Roman Catholic Church for his belief that the Earth revolved around the Sun. While the Church maintained that the Earth was the center of the universe, the imprisoned “Father of Modern Science” held firmly onto his theories. He served a three-year sentence and would spend the rest of his life under house arrest, prohibited from teaching his scientific theories, despite widespread knowledge and acceptance of the structure of the solar system. It took a mere 300 years for Galileo to be finally cleared by the Holy Office of the charges brought against him.

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