What actually happened with Galileo

This finished a bit too late to get into the previous collection of Random Stuff, so it gets to be its own post.  A long but fascinating saga by St. Michael Flynn on the topic of what actually went down with Galileo, and the many competing astronomical models of his time:

The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown

I also very much enjoyed his book Eifelheim, about aliens landing in medieval Europe.  It gives a much better impression of how medievals actually thought, compared to the usual fare.  (Although I thought the frame story, set in the near-future, was a little weak.)

I've been travelling a bit recently, to Princeton and to the Perimeter Institute (which is in Waterloo, Ontario), but I hope to be able to get back to blogging soon.  But this week, I have a visiting collaborator, and potentially jury duty (which for the record, I am not trying to evade.)

About Aron Wall

I am a postdoctoral researcher studying quantum gravity and black hole thermodynamics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Before that, I read Great Books at St. John's College (Santa Fe), got my physics Ph.D. from U Maryland, and did my first postdoc at UC Santa Barbara.
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