Galileo and His Times

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Fr. George V. Coyne, S. J., Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978 to 2006, writes that Galileo, during the very last year of what he himself described “as the best [eighteen] years of his life” spent at the University of Padua, first observed the heavens with a telescope. Fr. Coyne writes that in order to appreciate the marvel and the true significance of those observations we must appreciate the historical precedents which will have important repercussions on the intellectual climate in Europe at the time of Galileo and, therefore, on the critical intellectual period through which Galileo himself was passing at the time those observations were made.

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