Cesare Cremonini
Guy Lochhead, 11/09/10
Italian philosopher. Cremonini was considered one of the greatest minds of his time. Most kings and princes had his portrait and corresponded with him on private and public affairs. Cremonini was a professor of natural philosophy. He wrote extensively about the nature and mortality of the soul, and the separation of reason and faith. He charged a huge salary for his consultations – twice that of Galileo. Now, he is best remembered as one of the two scholars who refused to look through Galileo’s telescope when he announced his discovery of mountains on the Moon. Cremonini sternly refused to believe this, alleging that Aristotle had proved that the moon could only be a perfect sphere. Galileo killed it. If I want everything included in the programmes to exist at the same time, I have to imagine whether I’d respect Cremonini if he was writing now. I don’t think I would. However! Cremonini is useful as a symbol of that particular scientific stubborn, arrogant complacency that often hinders progression. Perhaps I should include him as a sort of example?

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