February 17, 1600
Giordano Bruno, an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and astrologer was burned at the stake for heresy in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori. He is known for his cosmological theories: he proposed that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets and raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own. He also insisted that the universe is in fact infinite and could have no celestial body at its “center.” He is considered by some to be the first martyr of science.

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