„Infinity of Galaxies“ –Giordano Bruno’s Heresy on ‚Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey‘
Smack in the center of the Rome’s fashionable Campo de Fiori is a statue of Giordano Bruno, philosopher. Bruno held that God was present in nature and that the universe and life was infinite. The Catholic Church burned him at the stake, right where his statue is today. Bruno and his deadly heresy was a major focus of Neil deGrasse Tyson during last night’s episode of „Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.“ „The general opinion is not always the perfect truth…“ Giordano Bruno is still quoted. Such remarks produced expensive, bitter consequences: On 17th of February 1600 he publicly was burnt at the stake after eight years of torture and dungeon detention. Today the Piazza Campo dei Fiori where this statue stands has become a monument to free thinking; adjacent to the statue, is the „Fahrenheit 451“ bookstore, named after Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel expounding freedom of thought.
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