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week 11 - Week 11 1 Examine Galileos letter to Grand...

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Week 11 1. Examine Galileo’s letter to Grand Duchess Christina on page 405. What views of science and nature does he espouse in this letter? Why were his observations so controversial?? This letter was written in 1615 and was an essay relating revelations in the Bible and the new discoveries being made in the world. Within this letter he is stating that the sun is the center of the universe and the earth rotates around it. Galileo’s stances on many topics are very controversial and he goes over them in this essay. Galileo says “They know that as to the arrangement of the parts of the universe, I hold the sun to be situated motionless in the center of the revolution of the celestial orbs while the earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun. They know also that I support this position not only by refuting the arguments of Ptolemy and Aristotle, but by producing many counter-arguments.” In this statement he makes his most controversial claim of his life, that the earth is not the center of the universe. He is a scientist that is not staying within the reams of the bible
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