Galileo’s Telescopic Observations: The Marvel and Meaning of Discovery

  • Journal article
  • 5 pages
  • Level: university

An article by Fr. George Coyne, S. J., Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978 to 2006, published for the IAU Symposium “Galileo’s Medicean Moons: Their Impact on 400 Years of Discovery.” For the first time in over 2,000 years new significant observational data had been put at the disposition of anyone who cared to think, not in abstract preconceptions but in obedience to what the universe had to say about itself.

Click here for this paper as published in the Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union.

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