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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 Entitled  Dialogues  Concerning Two New Sciences,  it could not be published in Italy, where the Inquisition's 
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