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Unformatted text preview: Eventually, however, his spirits revived; Galileo was soon fired up again in astronomical debate, as the August 1618 appearance of a magnificent comet sparked disagreement between his disciples and the Jesuit astronomers. While the Church scientists maintained that comets originated beyond the moon, Galileo's theory held (mistakenly) that they emanated from the earth's atmosphere. Now jumping personally into the fray, Galileo assisted one of his followers, Mario Guiducci, in writing a pamphlet objecting to the Jesuit view. The pamphlet employed such harsh language–referring to "absurdities" and "monstrosities" of their theory–that the Jesuits recoiled in bitter enmity. They responded to the Guiducci-Galileo treatise in harsh and cutting terms, thus inviting a counter-thrust from the proud Galileo. However, he waited two years before delivering it, composing in the meantime the 1622 treatise "The Assayer," which issued a rallying cry...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07