- Reply to Westman:
The question of the Copernican Question is whether, in arguing its thesis, Professor Westman met the standards of argument and evidence expected of a senior historian. In my review I pointed to problems in reasoning and translation pertinent to an answer. In response, Professor Westman gives further specimens of his reasoning and describes his botched translations as “peccadilloes.” Had I known that he was writing in Peccadillo, I would willingly have expressed the admiration his performance deserves. When judged on the permissive Peccadillian principle, Tant pis tant mieux (in ordinary English, “never mind, so much the better,” in high Peccadillo, “Aunt feels better since she’s been to the toilet”), much of Professor Westman’s reasoning and most of his translations are faultless. [End Page 386]
J. L. Heilbron is an emeritus professor of history at the University of California Berkeley. His most recent book is a biography of Galileo published by Oxford University Press in 2010.