Renaissance Genius: Galileo Galilei & His Legacy to Modern Science

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2009 - Science - 256 pages
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Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei first used the telescope to gaze at the heavens. In honor of that anniversary, as well as the international year of astronomy, this lavishly illustrated volume celebrates Galileo’s life and work.

Written by internationally renowned BBC science correspondent Dr. David Whitehouse—the world’s most cited science journalist—Renaissance Genius paints a fascinating portrait of the astronomer. Beautifully written, gorgeously packaged, and eminently knowledgeable, it offers a smart alternative to dry, academic studies of the subject.

Dr. Whitehouse invites the reader to journey into the world of the Italian Renaissance at a crucial time of change—when science clashed with a church still mired in a medieval mindset. He helps us fully appreciate Galileo’s revolutionary discoveries…and his role in opening up the cosmos to all mankind.

 

  

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This was OK, but it felt like it was mostly a chronological history. Read full review

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This gorgeously designed book is so visually compelling that it's easy to forget that it's a serious biography of Galileo written by a doctorate in astrophysics. Whitehouse begins with Galileo's ... Read full review

Contents

Medieval Madrigals
7
The Starry Messenger
83
The Face of the Inquisition
113
Galileo Galilei Chronology
220
Other Books by the Author
226
Index
236
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About the author (2009)

Dr. David Whitehouse was a consultant to many space agencies and involved in several space missions. As a result of his media work, he was invited by the BBC to become its science correspondent in 1988; from 1998?2006 he was the network's first science editor working for BBC News Online. David has won many awards, including a Glaxo for newspaper science writing, a record five Netmedia awards, and the very first ?Arthur” award (named after Arthur C. Clarke) for space journalism. He has written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and two acclaimed books, and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and past president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. The asteroid 4036 was renamed asteroid Whitehouse in recognition of his services to science and the media.

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