Tyson insists the Copernican demotion story is redemptive because it saves us from religious ignorance.
Orthodoxy and heresy are not synonyms for true and false, and sometimes the truth might lie with the heretics.
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.