A day like today, 409 years ago, died Giordano Bruno. Burnt alive by the italian Inquisition after 7 years of trial, in Campo de Fiori, Rome. The story of his capture in Venezia, extradition to Rome, and finally his sentence eloquently displays the Catholic Church’s fear upon the spread of Bruno’s ideas.

Yes, we have wikipedia and a plethora of qualified sources to know more about this astonishing man.

But still…

Bruno, who entered the Dominican order at age 14, had a prodigious memory (he was sent to show his gift to the pope at age 20 and was asked to teach mnemonics), obtained his PhD in Philosophy at age 25, traveled a great deal across Europe (a true Erasmian) and published his works mainly in Paris.

What I find remarkable in Bruno’s works and life, apart from his visionary theories on the universe and his unorthodox (for his time) religious views, is his constant quest for truth and wisdom, his explorations between science and occultism (some will say hermeticism), his uncomformism, his freedom.

I put here some links about Giordano Bruno that I particularly appreciate and that will serve me as a reminder of further readings.

Absolute astronomy:
Reviewing the reviews: Giordano Bruno and Marshall McLuhan
De immenso, de minimo and de infinito
On the infinite universe and Worlds

Frances Yates on Wikipedia