Is heliocentrism wrong?
April 28, 2008 2:26 AM Subscribe
Does modern science prove the theory of heliocentrism wrong?
posted by wigglin to Science & Nature (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In 1990, in a defense of the church's actions toward Galileo, Cardinal Ratzinger references Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch in order to demonstrate that the Theory of Relativity has proven heliocentrism wrong. Here is an excerpt:
According to [Ernst] Bloch, the heliocentric system – just like the geocentric – is based upon presuppositions that can’t be empirically demonstrated. Among these, an important role is played by the affirmation of the existence of an absolute space; that’s an opinion that, in any event, has been cancelled by the Theory of Relativity. Bloch writes, in his own words: ‘From the moment that, with the abolition of the presupposition of an empty and immobile space, movement is no longer produced towards something, but there’s only a relative movement of bodies among themselves, and therefore the measurement of that [movement] depends to a great extent on the choice of a body to serve as a point of reference, in this case is it not merely the complexity of calculations that renders the [geocentric] hypothesis impractical? Then as now, one can suppose the earth to be fixed and the sun as mobile.”
My question is purely about the science behind this statement and the rest of the commentary in Ratzinger’s article. Forget about whether the church should be persecuting scientists in the first place. I want to know, does modern science prove Galileo wrong?
The planets revolve around the sun. The reason why geocentrism makes bad predictions is because it is wrong
. This is what I thought while reading this article, but as I have such a hard time understanding the theory of relativity, perhaps I am missing something or do not quite understand what Bloch is implying with his statements. I would appreciate it if someone with a better understanding of science could clear this up for me. Thanks!