Giordano Bruno hero martyr of science

 1548 – 17 February 1600

  • Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and astrologer;
  • remembered for his cosmological theories
  • proposed that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets and raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own;
  • insisted that the universe is in fact infinite and could have no celestial body at its center;
  • tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition on charges including denial of several core Catholic doctrines;
  • the Inquisition found him guilty, and he was burned at the stake in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori in 1600;
  • celebrated by 19th and  20th century commentators who regarded him as a martyr for science.

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