Galileo - Post-Trial Punishment and Work

Galileo was ordered to recite prayers and penitence each week, but his daughter - Maria Celeste - took that obligation upon herself (although her health was failing, at the time).

Letters to her father indicate that Maria Celeste would have gladly taken upon herself his total punishment. 

As his daughter's health continued to fail, Galileo walked to the convent for ten straight days to be with her.  There was nothing he could do but love her.  She died, of dysentery - an otherwise manageable illness - at the age of thirty-three.

A woman of great intelligence and sweetness, Maria Celeste deeply loved her father.  Many of her letters to him survive, but none of his correspondance to his daughter has been found.  Scholars believe Galileo's letters to Marie Celeste may have been destroyed by convent officials after her death.

As his own health began to fail, Galileo began to reread his earlier writings.  Since he could not work in astronomy, because he was forbidden to do so, he returned to his still-unpublished findings on the physics of motion.  His confinement, through house arrest, gave him time to prepare his manuscripts for publication.

Galileo, remembered today for his many outstanding scientific contributions, died on January 8, 1642, in Arcetri (a location in Florence, south of the Italian city's center). He was 77 years old.

Hereafter are some of the famous quotes attributed to Galileo (translated into English):

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.

The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.

It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.

Media Credits

Clip from "Galileo's Battle for the Heavens," a NOVA Production by Green Umbrella, LTD for WGBH/Boston (in association with Channel 4).  Copyright 2002 - WGBH Educational Foundation, all rights reserved.  Online, courtesy NOVA and YouTube.

Transcript of entire program online, courtesy NOVA.

Written and Produced by:
David Axelrod

Directed by:
Peter Jones

Narrated by:

Liev Schreiber

Simon Callow - Galileo
Laura Nardi - Maria Celeste
John Fraser - the Inquisitor
Alexa Jago - Voice of Maria Celeste
Cornelius Garrett - Voices of the Ambassador and Castelli


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