The Galileo story is presented as a narrative of the church denying science. But that implies that science is a single, monolithic worldview. Part history, part science fiction, the Galileo story is less a legend than a myth.
Thanks to the image released by the Event Horizon Telescope consortium, for the first time we have direct proof that a black hole is more than a theoretical construct.
During the French Revolution, a bishop was brought to the guillotine for execution. But when the blade flew down, it stopped an inch short of cutting off his head. “It’s a miracle,” cried the crowd, and the bishop was released. Next, a philosopher was brought forward; but again, th