Galileo’s mysterious booklet “Diagramma Della Verita” is mentioned in Dan Brown’s “Angels and Demons.” The rumor is that there is a copy of this booklet in the Vatican Archives. I doubt it. It is clear that “Diagramma Della Verita” is a fictional book.
The idea of a book containing secret knowledge always attracts attention. In this booklet, Galileo was supposedly talking about the “secret” that Earth rotates around the Sun. This was actually an open secret. Many people knew about it in Galileo’s time.
Most secrets are open secrets. Many people know about the so-called secrets but they cannot talk about them publicly.
For some reason “Diagramma Della Verita” reminds me the conversations I had with some religious people. They believe that their scripture contains all knowledge. By the expression “all knowledge” they truly mean “all knowledge” including scientific knowledge. They say that there are layers and layers of meaning hidden in the text of the scripture and if you can decode the text you will know everything.
Their claim can never be proven, of course. Let’s assume that the claim is true for a moment. How many levels of meaning are there? Who is qualified to decode this special multi-level text? It is clear that only an omniscient being can decode such a text at all levels. But, an omniscient being probably does not need the text. Do you see what I mean?
Texts cannot contain “all knowledge” but texts can inspire us.