1600: The Execution of Giordano Bruno

The philosopher Giordano Bruno is best known for his revolutionary cosmology. According to Bruno, the Sun is the centre of an infinite universe where creation takes place indefinitely.


In 1600, all of his works are banished to the Pope’s Index of Forbidden Books. On February 7th, Bruno is burned alive at Campo de’ Fiori.


“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.”
– Giordano Bruno