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HowTheLightGetsIn festival: Heresy, Truth and The Future

As another installment of the philosophy and music festival approaches, its director considers this year's theme

By Hilary Lawson  

Galileo’s brilliant ideas once terrified those determined to stick to the norm, now they underpin our view of the world.

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In 1633, chief inquisitor Father Vincenzo Maculano da Firenzuola, appointed by Pope Urban VIII, began the inquisition of physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei. On 22nd June of that same year, the Church handed down the following order: “We pronounce, judge, and declare, that you, the said Galileo… have rendered yourself vehemently suspected by this Holy Office of heresy, that is, of having…

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