On the 17th of February 1600 Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for heresy. His mouth had been tied shut, denying him the possibility to speak out. His crime was that, as a scientist, mathematician and philosopher, he had dared to say that the stars in the heavens were actually suns with planets, and that those planets also carried intelligent life. He also claimed that the intelligent life on those planets were God’s creatures as well as humans.
Galileo Galilei was condemned as guilty of heresy on the 22nd of June 1633 for daring to claim that he had proof that the earth indeed circled the sun. His sentence was house arrest for the rest of his life.
One would think that persecution of science and scientists were a thing of the past, at least…
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