Giordano Bruno. Philosopher (1548-1600). (via deep-nature)
Executed by the Catholic Church for holding that the Universe was infinite, contained other populated worlds, the Earth was not the center (also that all things are relative to the observer), atoms compose all things while forms change, and for doubting Church teachings. (via xezene)
Sorry, but no. Bruno was a bad Catholic and a bad scientist. He entertained atheism for most of his life, despite taking religious vows, and his science lacks any logic and applicability. It’s pretty tough to say at which one he was worse. Show me a religious or scientific tract of his that shows ANY degree of coherence or sanctity, and I’ll eat my hat.
He was excommunicated by not only the Catholics, but the Calvinist AND the Lutherans.
He was brought to trial for publicly promoting religious and scientific errors. His trial took seven years, and it was his utter refusal to admit his error that led to his judgment.
He was not a hero or a martyr. He was incredibly wrong on many, many things, and insisted on propagating his errors.
Catholic myth busters win again.