Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Galileo once more gives the Vatican the Finger

The 18th century was a curious time, when it was deemed acceptable to remove the fingers of the corpse of 17th century Italian Galileo Galilei (astronomer, physicist, mathematician, philosopher and flautist!)... the man who got in big trouble with the Catholic Church for saying the Earth spun around the Sun.

Two fingers belonging to Galileo are now on display in Florence at the Galileo Museum (previously the Museum of the History of Science - the new name is snappier!)

The display has the fingers' back to the Vatican, allegedly, symbolically telling off the Church.

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