Books January 2011
The starry messenger
A review of Galileo: Watcher of the Skies by David Wootton. and Galileo by John Heilbron.
I didn’t make it to the First Annual Catholic Conference on Geocentrism, held in South Bend, Indiana on the November 6 weekend. I was interested, and badgered some editors to expense the trip, but no one thought it worth their funds. Nor have I read the 1,048-page, two-volume book Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right by R. A. Sungenis and R. J. Bennett, published in 2007. (“Your world will be rocked,” promises the promotional material, somewhat missing the point of geocentrism.)
If you do any science writing you get on the mailing lists for this kind of thing. It’s amazing how many people see it as their life’s mission to disabuse us of some scientific theory or other. Creationists, who dispute the foundations of modern biology, are only the best-known of these dissenters. Publish a science book or write a few articles and you will soon find your mailbox clogged with letters and pamphlets clamoring...
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