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There were complaints,  and the Inquisition ordered Galileo to appear before it in Rome. He  was forced, probably under threat of torture, to acknowledge that he had gone too far in his  arguments for Copernicus, and to abjure the Copernican "heresy." His book was put on the  Index  of  forbidden books, where it remained until 1835. In 1633, Galileo himself was sentenced to life in  prison. The sentence was immediately commuted to permanent house arrest. He spent his remaining  years in his villa in the hills above Florence, writing another masterpiece — not on cosmology but on  physics and mechanics. Aristotelian cosmology envisioned  spheres carrying the planets  around the Earth—solid crystalline spheres, according to some, which  provided the physical structure of the universe. Late in the 16th century,  Tycho Brahe observed comets moving through the solar system. This fact 
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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