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Unformatted text preview: The astronomer was an old man now, nearing seventy, and weakened by ailments real and imaginary. For two months, the Inquisition delayed, and Galileo stayed in the home of the Tuscan ambassador, his mood fluctuating between hope and despair. Then, on April 12, authorities summoned him to the Palace of the Inquisition, in the Vatican, and interrogated him for the first time. He was accused of having violated Cardinal Bellarmine's 1616 injunction against regarding teaching Copernicus's system as "fact"; in response, he protested that he had taught it as hypothesis only, and not as truth, and defended the publication of his Dialogue by insisting that he had received all the necessary permissions by the Church. His interrogators made little headway, and after the end of this first session, they kept him as a prisoner in the Vatican until April 30,...
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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