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Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter
« on: September 28, 2018, 11:21:17 PM »
A letter in which Galileo edited his ideas to fool the Inquisition has more or less recently been rediscovered in the Royal Society library in London. 

The original letter in which Galileo argued against the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church has been rediscovered in London. Credit: The Royal Society


Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to fool the Inquisition (Nature)
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Re: Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 07:53:46 PM »
A wonderful find.
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Re: Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018, 09:29:47 PM »
A wonderful find.

And to think it was under their very noses! Like, it was already in a library along with other historical documents, not stashed away in some obscure place.

In some ways, it's a pity it wasn't found during some wild treasure hunt worthy of a Dan Brown novel!  ;D
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Re: Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2018, 02:17:50 AM »
Fabulous find!  I find it very interesting to read about Galileo's original letter and the thought process he was apparently using, very modern in many ways.  Also it brings to mind that blinkered refusal to look at observable facts is not a new phenomenon. The religious reactionaries have form going back centuries.
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