He lived out his life at his comfortable rural estate, Villa Il Gioiello, on the hillside outskirts of Florence.
The medieval idea of burning people because of their religious beliefs is horrific, but it only adds to the tragedy to say Bruno’s death illustrates the warfare between faith and science.
There’s plenty here for both scientists and theologians to learn — as well as anyone who thinks Galileo shows the Church was at war against science.
Bruno was not executed for his view that we live in a vast universe with vast numbers of planets.
The point of Dr. Keas’s book is historical but also very timely: Scientists who challenge materialism today face discrimination as heretics that squelches their research and teaching.