I’m actually not going to draw from any exotic sources for this post. I’m going to try confine what I include here only to things that can be found on the first page of a Google search for Giordano Bruno. This will illustrate more clearly the rank intellectual dishonesty involved in this segment. The truth of the story was never more than five minutes away from host Neil DeGrasse Tyson and his writers, producers, and animators. They opted to tell half-truths and outright lies instead.
Such a shame.
A scientist speaking on a non-scientific topic is often just as dumb as the next guy, but when it’s something so easily researched and so well documented, you really do expect at least a general attempt at accuracy. This representation of Giordano Bruno may be even worse than the pop-science memes around Galileo.