Galileo2 - Galileo For Galileo the clear observations of a heliocentric universe was a powerful weapon against the hierarchical structure of the

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Galileo For Galileo the clear observations of a heliocentric universe was a powerful weapon against the hierarchical structure of the seventeenth century Church. Galileo argued that the heliocentric model is not a mere instrument but is reality. He stated that his observations showed that. From the discussion in science methods chapter , you can argue that Galileo went too far in what conclusions he could draw from his observations. A scientific model cannot be proven correct, only disproven. A model that survives repeated tests is one that is consistent with the available data. His observations were consistent with the heliocentric model, but could also be explained with a geocentric model like Tycho's. But for Galileo, the observations were enough---he was convinced of the heliocentric system before he used his telescope and his observations confirmed his belief. More convincing evidence of the Earth's motion around the Sun would have to wait until 1729 when James Bradley (lived 1693--1762 C.E.) discovered that a telescope has to be
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