Giordano Bruno

Giordano Bruno

Philosopher/heretic

Book - 2008
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Giordano Bruno is one of the great figures of early modern Europe, and one of the least understood. Ingrid D. Rowland's pathbreaking life of Bruno establishes him once and for all as a peer of Erasmus, Shakespeare, and Galileo, a thinker whose vision of the world prefigures ours.By the time Bruno was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1600 on Rome's Campo dei Fiori, he had taught in Naples, Rome, Venice, Geneva, France, England, Germany, and the "magic Prague" of Emperor Rudolph II. His powers of memory and his provocative ideas about the infinity of the universe had attracted the attention of the pope, Queen Elizabeth - and the Inquisition, which condemned him to death in Rome as part of a yearlong jubilee.Writing with great verve and sympathy for her protagonist, Rowland traces Bruno's wanderings through a sixteenth-century Europe where every certainty of religion and philosophy had been called into question and shows him valiantly defending his ideas (and his right to maintain them) to the very end. An incisive, independent thinker just when natural philosophy was transformed into modern science, he was also a writer of sublime talent. His eloquence and his courage inspired thinkers across Europe, finding expression in the work of Shakespeare and Galileo. Giordano Bruno allows us to encounter a legendary European figure as if for the first time.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780809095247
0809095246
Branch Call Number: 195 BRUNO G
Characteristics: viii, 335 pages ; 24 cm.

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morrisonist Aug 25, 2015

Night is cold and sky is vain
A sight where the devil might have stood
About to witness a man thought insane
Engulfed by the fire and the wood

Giordano Bruno is the man at the seat
Reviled by the fearful souls
Harvesting seeds of darkness at his feet

His convictions solid and firm
Portentous from nature to find
Bringing reason to a worm
Failing to reach the human mind

Tears fall from the sky
Slight rain eases the burst
Giordano's cheek stays dry
Surpasing the need to feel thirst

As his body slowly fades, disappearing
Ashes scattered amidst the air
Can't help but think of his despair

Christ is a fake; world is not the center
Yells the voice of a dying breed
Perhaps the only shadow to accede
Such calamitous, groundbreaking creed

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