Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17, 1600) was an Italian philosopher best-known as an early proponent of heliocentrism and the infinity of the universe. In addition to his cosmological writings, he is also notable for his extensive works on the art of memory, a loosely-organized group of ancient mnemonic techniques and principles. Until about fifty years ago he was most often considered an early martyr for modern scientific ideas, in part because he was dramatically burned at the stake as a heretic by the Roman Inquisition. More recent assessments, beginning with the pioneering work of Frances Yates, suggest that Bruno was deeply influenced by magical views of the universe inherited from Arab astrological magic, Neoplatonism and Renaissance Hermeticism. Other recent studies of Bruno have focused on his qualitative approach to mathematics and his application of the spatial paradigms of geometry to language … (full huge text).
Giordano Bruno – Italy (1548 – 1600)
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- The Ash Wednesday Supper, (La Cena de le ceneri) by Giordano Bruno, Edward A. Gosselin, Lawrence S. Lerner, Renaissance Society of America, 238 pages, edited 1995;
- Cause, Principle, and Unity, by Giordano Bruno, Robert de Lucca, Richard J. Blackwell, Alfonso Ingegno, 228 pages.
Giordano Bruno: The Forgotten Philosopher.
Fillipo Bruno (1548-1600) was born in Nola near Naples. Taking the name Giordano upon becoming a member of the Dominican order, he was educated in the Aristotelian and Thomist traditions and eventually came to espouse a mystical Neoplatonism mixed with ideas imbibed from a resurgent interest of that time in the works of the apocryphal Hermes Trismegistus … (full text).
Giordano Bruno.info (in many languages).
Find his name and his publications: his latin texts on Google inauthor-search; on Ars Memoriae; on esoteric archive; on Intre Text Digital Library; on the Giordano Bruno Collection; on Bruno’s Latin and Italian works online; his complete work on … The Warburg Institute … ; on sacred texts; on amazon; on IMDb; on radical academy; on Google Video-search, specially on YouTube; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on books that mention him – by specific Google search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search; and Giordano Bruno on Google News-search: with a new book, Philosopher/Heretic, reviewed: by M.M. Bennetts, and by Ingrid D. Rowland; also The heretic, by Laura Miller; with The Forbidden World; and with Cosmic Crusader.
SUMMARY OF THE TRIAL AGAINST GIORDANO BRUNO, Rome, 1597.
These are the doubts, difficulties and motives, about the solution whereof I have said enough in our dialogues to expose the intimate and radicated errors of the common philosophy, and to show the weight and worth of our own. Here you will meet with the reasons why we should not fear that any part of this Universe should fall or fly off, that the least particle should be lost in empty space, or be truly annihilated. Here you will perceive the reason of that vicissitude which may be observed in the constant change of all things, whereby it happens, that there is nothing so ill but may befall us or be prevented, nor anything so good but may be lost or obtained by us; since in this infinite field the parts and modes do perpetually vary, though the substance and the whole do eternally persevere the same … (full text excerpt of his book: A Philosophy of the Infinite Universe).
… It seems, however, that, even as a novice, he attracted attention by the originality of his views and by his outspoken criticism of accepted theological doctrines. After his ordination things reached such a pass that, in 1576, formal accusation of heresy was brought against him. Thereupon he went to Rome, but, apparently, did not mend his manner of speaking of the mysteries of faith; for the accusations were renewed against him at the convent of the Minerva. Within a few months of his arrival he fled the city and cast off all allegiance to his order … Giordano Bruno in the Catolic Encyclopedia.
Giordano Bruno on the Italian wikipedia.
… Ending up in Geneva, Bruno joined the Calvinist Church, but he soon discovered that this was no more tolerant of free thinkers than was the Roman Catholic Church. Arrested in Geneva, he found himself excommunicated from the Calvinist Church but after retracting he was allowed back into the that Church and was then free to leave Geneva. He went to France where he attempted to rejoin the Catholic Church while in Toulouse but his application was refused. From there he went to Lyons where he wrote Clavis Magna on the art of remembering which was a topic he specialised in. Moving on to Paris in 1581 Bruno became a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Paris where he continued to develop his art of memory-training … (full text).
… The Bruno family was a distinguished one, and the child who was to immortalize the name was called Philip, after the lord of the manor. At the age of ten the boy was sent to school in Naples, and in his fifteenth year he entered the Dominican monastery, where he was given the name of Giordano. Almost immediately he began to rebel against those priests who “attempted to draw me from worthier and higher occupations, to lay my spirit in chains, and from a free man in the service of virtue to make me the slave of a miserable and foolish system of deceit.” He showed his independent spirit by removing all the pictures of the saints from his cell and by advising a brother-monk to give up reading the “Seven Joys of Mary” and occupy himself with more serious forms of literature. Shortly after entering the monastery Giordano procured a copy of Copernicus’ book and at once recognized the truth of its statements. He realized that there must be some form of philosophy which would be equally scientific, and found what he was seeking in the works of Pythagoras, Plato and several of the Neoplatonists. Despite his inner rebellion, Giordano was unable to leave the monastery, and at the age of twenty-four he took holy orders and said his first mass. Shortly afterward he wrote a satirical play, in which he painted a vivid picture of the depravity which surrounded him. This caused a charge of heresy to be brought against him by the Provincial of the Order. Realizing his danger, and hoping to escape the horrors of the Inquisition, Bruno fled from the monastery and began his wandering life, which lasted for fifteen years … (full text).