Wednesday, February 17, 2010
On this day in 1600, the lapsed monk Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake by a Catholic mob on the Campo de Fiori in Rome. Amongst Bruno's "heretical transgressions" was a firm belief in the Copernican Solar System, and the postulate that the stars, like the Sun, could have a retinue of planets. Conceivavbly, those planets could support life.
The Kepler Mission
The struggle against the irrational continues.