Middle finger of Galileo Galilei
Presents middle finger of Galileo Galilei
When Galileo died one day, his body parts were reportedly separated. Some of these „souvenirs“ were now presented by an institution in Florence.
Probably the most famous anecdote is only an invention: „Eppur Si Muove“ Galileo Galilei is said to have muttered as he left the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome in June 1633: And the earth, yet it moves. But even during his lifetime circulated the sentence with which the brilliant physicist and astronomer should have defied the Roman Inquisition, which made him for his „Dialogus“ about the world systems of Ptolemy and Copernicus the process – because Galileo is the ecclesiastical doctrine of Earth rejected as center of the world.
Many in the recent discovery in the Galilean research could, however, take as visible proof of the truthfulness of the famous quote. The Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence now presented the skeletal remains of a middle finger and a thumb of a right hand and a tooth which, says director Paolo Galluzzi, undoubtedly came from Galileo. Researchers refer to this DNA studies.
The unholy relics were happened to the institution by a collector. The acquired at auction a Galilean bust including wooden box with the words „relics of the 17th century“. In it were the body parts that should have been in 1737 separated from the remains of the astronomer, when they were solemnly interred in Florence in the Santa Croce church. After Galileo had passed away in 1642, the church had still been able to prevent his burial in a magnificent tomb, which the Medici had erected it.
That it happens to be the middle finger, which was separated as a souvenir because, lets think about the infamous gesture of stinky finger. With the well-known since ancient times phallic symbol, cited public appeal in the present by Johnny Cash or Stefan Effenberg, Galileo may well have underscored his sentence: And yet it moves.
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