Galileo: A Very Short Introduction (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Feb 22, 2001 - Science - 160 pages
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In a startling reinterpretation of the evidence, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileo's trial and condemnation by the Inquisition was caused not by his defiance of the Church, but by the hostility of contemporary philosophers. Galileo's own beautifully lucid arguments are used to show how his scientific method was utterly divorced from the Aristotelian approach to physics in that it was based on a search not for causes but for laws. Galileo's method was of overwhelming significance for the development of modern physics, and led to a final parting of the ways between science and philosophy. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Galileo: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #44)

User Review  - Daniel Wright - Goodreads

The importance of Galileo in the history of science, philosophy and the Catholic Church are enormously overblown, partly because of his own arrogance in presenting other peoples' ideas as his own. In ... Read full review

Review: Galileo: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #44)

User Review  - Taylor - Goodreads

Highly illuminating corrective account of Galileo not as savvy renegade, but more like bull in the proverbial china shop: not hostile to the Church, but a sincere Catholic who, like Saint Augustine ... Read full review


List of Illustrations
Chapter 1The background
Chapter 2Galileos early years
Chapter 3Conflicts with philosophers
Chapter 4Conflicts with astronomers and theologians
Chapter 5The Dialogue and the Inquisition
Chapter 6The final years
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