Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, 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  - Jackson Cyril - Goodreads

Drake's book offers a fresh new account of Galileo's relationship with the Church arguing that Galileo did not wish to attack the Church (on the contrary Drake argues that Galileo remained an ardent ... Read full review

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