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The Influence of Science


THE seeming contradiction in my summary account of the case of Galileo (NATURE, August 5, p. 180), to which Sir Oliver Lodge directs attention in his letter (NATURE, August 26, p. 277), needs an explanation. The great work of Copernicus (1543) was dedicated to a Pope, Paul III; none of the Roman Congregations found any objection to it, and (Whewell, “History of the Inductive Sciences,” I. 418, ed. 1847), says “lectures in support of the heliocentric doctrine were delivered in the ecclesiastical colleges.” This was because of its being taught as a purely scientific doctrine.

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