[quote=PhilVaz]I don’t get the fascination with 16th century science. You really think you have something to offer folks that physics and astronomy has missed the past 300 years. Quite strange…
Actually, Phil, I think you are stuck in 19th century physics. In the first third of the 20th century, Einstein said (CS = coordinate system):
“The struggle, so violent in the early days of science, between the views of Ptolemy and Copernicus would then be quite meaningless. Either CS could be used with equal justification. The two sentences, ‘the sun is at rest and the earth moves,’ or ‘the sun moves and the earth is at rest,’ would simply mean two different conventions concerning two different CS. – Einstein and Infeld, The Evolution of Physics, p.212 (p.248 in original 1938 ed.)”
The not so amazing thing is that Cardinal Bellarmine and others within the Church (though apparently not Galileo) understood this in the 16th century, and the Fathers of the church understood it in the first centuries of Christianity.