The Essential Galileo

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Hackett Publishing - History - 390 pages
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"Edited and translated by Maurice A. Finocchiaro, an international authority on Galileo, this collection makes available to scholars and students an excellent and extensive selection of Galileo's key works from his early career to the end of his life--some in toto and some represented by key selections. It presents not only Galileo's most famous works but also a range of less-known texts as well as an excellent selection of the documents from the trial of 1633 and from the 1616 condemnation of Copernicus. In addition to the breadth and quality of the selections, this volume is particularly attractive to students and instructors thanks to Finocchiaro's expert and up-to-date introductions, biographical sketch, chronology, annotated bibliography, and glossary. This is a must for anyone teaching or studying Galileo, the scientific revolution, and the relationship between science and religion." --Mario Biagioli, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

 

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Contents

Galileos Legacy Life and Works
1
Chronology of Galileos Career and Aftermath
17
Glossary of Terms and Names
26
Annotated Bibliography and Cited Works
37
The Sideral Messenger 1610
45
From Discourse on Bodies in Water 1612
85
From History and Demonstrations Concerning Sunspots 1613
97
Letters on Copernicanism and Scripture 161315
103
Reply to Cardinal Bellarmine 1615
146
From the Earlier TrialDocuments 161516
168
From The Assayer 1623
179
From Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems 1632
190
From the Later TrialDocuments 163233
272
From Two New Sciences 1638
295
Index
368
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Maurice A. Finocchiaro is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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