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C. S. Lewis, or whatever it is that I'm in the mood to discuss.
I think the consensus is now that it was personal between him and the Pope. The Protestants supported him. Milton went to see him.
The clearest, most illuminating, (and most entertaining) account of the "Galileo Affair" I have ever come across can be found HERE.I realize that it's not cheap, but I can guarantee you, it's worth every penny! I've loaned it to others in my astronomy club, and have gotten back 100% positive reviews.Jezu ufam tobie!
In the book "Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory shaped the Modern World"by Amir Alexander, the author relates how the Jesuits were against the use of the infinitely small in mathematics because it would undermine the logic of Euclid and Aristotle. Galileo was persecuted as much for his use of the infinitesimal as for his support of the Heliocentric cosmology.
The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown Part 1-10 gives 10 wonderful history lessons, here http://tofspot.blogspot.no/2013/08/the-great-ptolemaic-smackdown.html
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