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Galileo and the Scientific Revolutionby Laura Fermi
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"As fresh and invigorating a work in the field of science biography as was its hero in his day." — Science
"A clear exposition of his discoveries, methods, and experiments…Recommended." — Library Journal
An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as a biography of the revolutionary thinker, this inspiring book was co-written by a former director of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics and a historian of science (who was also the wife of physicist Enrico Fermi). It begins in Galileo's youth, with his return to his native city of Pisa to train as a physician. Instead, the student became captivated by the power of mathematical reasoning — an interest that led him to apply mathematical logic to natural events and, ultimately, to invent the concept of experimentation. Galileo's progress from student to teacher to scientific innovator is traced, with particular emphasis on his experiments with building and refining telescopes and his unprecedented observations of the moon and planets. The dramatic results of his findings, including his refutation of Aristotelian theory and his support of Copernican doctrine, are related in full, along with his clash with the papal inquisition and his tragic demise under house arrest. Written with a warm appreciation for the wonders of Galileo's achievements and with impeccable scholarship, this book concludes with a survey of the scientist's remarkable legacy. 12 figures. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.
Book News Annotation:
Co-written by science historians, one married to physicist Enrico Fermi, this book concisely traces how Galileo (1564-1642) became a great scientist and his clashes with the Church. A translated early paper provides a taste of his ingenuity. This is an unabridged reprint of the Fawcett paperback edition of a work first published in 1961 by Basic Books, Inc.
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An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as the warmly human story of a man and his pioneering work, this biography chronicles Galileo's innovations and inventions in fascinating detail. It also recounts his clashes with dogmatists and offers a retrospective of his remarkable legacy.
An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as the warmly human story of a man and his pioneering work, this inspiring biography was co-written by a former director of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics and a historian of science (who was also the widow of physicist Enrico Fermi). It begins in Galileo's youth, when he intended to train as a physician but instead became captivated by the power of mathematical reasoning--an interest that led him to apply mathematical logic to natural events and, ultimately, to invent the concept of experimentation. Galileo's many other innovations and inventions are related in fascinating detail, as are the clashes with dogmatists engendered by his discoveries, and a concluding examination of his remarkable legacy. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Basic Books, New York, 1961. 12 Figures. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.
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