Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 27, 2013 - History - 352 pages
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Histories of modern science often begin with the heroic battle between Galileo and the Catholic Church, which ignited the Scientific Revolution and gave way to the world-changing discoveries of Isaac Newton. Virtually nothing is said about the European scholars who came before. In reality, more than a millennium before the Renaissance, a succession of scholars paved the way for the exciting discoveries usually credited to Galileo, Newton, Copernicus, and others. In Before Galileo, physicist and historian John Freely examines the pioneering research of the first European scientists, many of them monks whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of the monasteries where they studied and wrote.

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User Review  - Lynn Coakley - Goodreads

I couldn't finish it. The prose was so disjointed and stilted I had to stop. Read full review

Review: Before Galileo: The Advancement of Science in the Middle Ages

User Review  - Ruth Feathers - Goodreads

More of a meta study of the history of science, with in-depth looks at some Christian early scientists, but nothing from Asia and just a little from the middle east. Read full review


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John Freely was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. He teaches physics at Bosphorous University in Istanbul. He has written more than forty books, including The Lost Messiah, The Grand Turk, and Aladdin's Lamp.

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