p. 885. The Dialogue and the Inquisition
- Stillman Drake
‘The Dialogue and the Inquisition’ discusses how Galileo's Dialogue of the two Chief Systems of the World, which discussed the merits of Copernicanism over Aristotelianism, led him to the Inquisition. When the book reached Rome, Christopher Schelner, the Jesuit Galileo had slighted over sunspots, showed Pope Urban VIII the document banning Galileo from discussing Copernicanism. Galileo was summoned before the Inquisition. Despite Galileo proving he was allowed to teach Copernicanism as a theory, he was confined to house arrest, and transferred to the care of an Archbishop Piccolomini. The Archbishop refocused Galileo on the science of motion, but the scientist was hit hard by the death of his daughter.