A rough translation (I’m still learning!)
"I do not know when, but I know that many
have come in this century to develop
arts and sciences, to sow the seeds of a new culture
that will flourish, unexpected, sudden,
just when [those in] power are deluded into believing they have won.”
This ominous statue stands in Rome’s Campo Fiori where Giordano Bruno
was burned at the stake in 1600 for his heretic beliefs in astronomy, mathematics and science. Even today he strongly represents the ideals of free thought and speech. The Vatican, while it regrets the burning, still condemns the heresy to this day.