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Unformatted text preview: While the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems initially enjoyed a favorable response, Galileo's enemies soon went on the attack, and he had given them plenty of ammunition in his new work. The Dialogue harshly criticized the Jesuits, now his dedicated foes; the work referred to one Jesuit, Father Christopher Scheiner, as "vain and foolish." These unnecessary barbs were typical of the undiplomatic and combative Galileo, and they proved his undoing. The Jesuits closed ranks against him, and as the Inquisition began to look more closely at the work, they went to Urban VIII and pointed out a particularly unfortunate passage in the Dialogue, in which Simplicio, the anti-Copernican foil, repeats almost verbatim arguments that the Pope himself had made to Galileo nearly a decade before. Seeing his own arguments repeated by the "simple" character in the dialogue, Urban felt betrayed, and his long-held sympathy for...
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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