Finally, his spirits began to rise; for while he technically remained a prisoner, forbidden to stray beyond the villa's grounds, his wardens still permitted him to teach pupils, pursue his studies, and receive visitors. Of these there were many, including two great English geniuses: the philosopher Thomas Hobbes; and the great poet John Milton, who made the pilgrimage in 1638. Galileo still enjoyed great fame; indeed, with his books spreading through Europe and his sufferings at the hands of the Church well known and pitied, he had become a kind of living martyr to scientific truth. And the old fire still burned within him: forbidden astronomical work, Galileo set to work on a new book that would sum up his experiments in physics from earlier years. Entitled Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences, it could not be published in Italy, where the Inquisition's
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