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400 years ago today. Heliocentrism took a knock.

March 26, 2017

conradbrunstrom

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A place for everything and everything in its place.   You knew where you were in a Ptolemaic Universe.  But, oh no, a bunch of trendy young people who thought they knew better than their parents had to change everything and confuse the old folk.

Well, 400 years ago today, good old fashioned geocentrism got a bit of a respite as it was communicated to Galileo Galilei that he was to henceforth cease and desist from promulgating the notion that the earth goes round the sun.

Today also makes me think of Thomas Kuhn of course, and the nature of scientific revolutions.  Kuhn took a lot of flack himself of course (though nothing compared to Galileo or Bruno), and he was accused of encouraging the notion that science is no better than cultural relativism.  Kuhn did not mean any thing of the kind of course, though some of his clumsier…

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