Giordano Bruno and the heresy of many worlds

  title={Giordano Bruno and the heresy of many worlds},
  author={Alberto A. Mart{\'i}nez},
  journal={Annals of Science},
  pages={345 - 374}
ABSTRACT This paper analyses the importance of Giordano Bruno's belief in many worlds, including the Moon, the planets and the stars, in the context of his trial by the Inquisitions in Venice and Rome. Historians have claimed that this belief was not heretical and therefore was not a major factor in Bruno's trial or execution. On the contrary, by examining neglected treatises on theology, heresies and Catholic canon law, I show that the belief in many worlds was formally heretical. Multiple… Expand
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