Monday, November 23, 2009

Galileo's Fingers Found

One of my favorite quotes by Galileo is...
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
In ancient times, parts of bodies were kept as relics and were believed to hold special powers, especially those of the martyred saints.

This is how Galileo's fingers came to be amputated after his death.  The fingers were cut off 300 years ago, and disappeared over 100 years ago. They were the fingers that would have held his pen.

Galileo's fingers have been missing for many years, but suddenly showed up at an auction and now will be in a museum in Florence, Italy, according to museum director Paolo Galluzzi. There is also some DNA testing that will be done.
"(Galileo) was persecuted by the Catholic Church for advocating the theory that the earth circles the sun, rather than the other way around. The Inquisition forced him to recant, and jailed him in 1634."
There truly is nothing new under the sun, especially when it comes to how we treat people with new and "strange" ideas. Right?




Read the full story at CNN.com.

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