Sunday, May 23, 2010

Copernicus honored

This is an encouraging story:
Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave. His burial in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served as a church canon and doctor indicates how far the church has come in making peace with the scientist whose revolutionary theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun helped usher in the modern scientific age.
Or as Sky and Telescope puts it:
So, for those keeping score, the Catholic church has sought rapprochement with the three astronomers it once considered most heretical: Galileo, Copernicus, and the outspoken Giordano Bruno, who espoused an infinite universe filled with planetary systems like our own.

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