Can plants learn? A surprising academic debate

Author: Kate Giffin

Editors: Henry Ertl, Sarah Bassiouni, Sophie Hill and Jennifer Baker

The year was 1633, and Galileo Galilei was being placed under house arrest for a heretical idea: that the Earth revolves around the sun. While he is now considered one of the fathers of modern science, at the time the Roman Inquisition of the Catholic Church declared him “vehemently suspect of heresy.”

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