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Galileo Galilei: First Physicist (Oxford Portraits in Science)

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The scientific innovations of Galileo Galilei are pivotal to our understanding of the laws of the natural world. Drawing on his diverse studies in philosophy, mathematics, mechanics, music, astronomy, and engineering, Galileo developed revolutionary theories that thoroughly changed the disciplines of physics, mathematics, astronomy, and technology. Galileo Galilei traces the great scientist's education, describes his maverick experiments in Padua and Pisa, and recreates the ingenious pathway of his famous discoveries. Often censored and imprisoned for his radical ideas that clashed with fundamental Church doctrines, Galileo persisted in his pursuit of scientific truths to bestow upon future generations the inspiration to challenge conventional views. His theories about the motions of falling bodies, his study of pendulums, and his major discoveries in astronomy made with a self-built telescope are all clearly explained in this volume. Heavily illustrated with photographs, graphics, and technical schemes, Galileo Galilei also features a number of sidebars elucidating important details of the great man's contributions.

Oxford Portraits in Science is a collection of scientific biographies for young adults. Written by top scholars and writers, each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as the thought process leading to his or her discoveries. These illustrated biographies combine accessible technical information with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural world.

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Oxford Portraits in Science is an ongoing series of scientific biographies for young adults. Each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as his or her discoveries, combining accessible technical information with numerous photographs, illustrations, and diagrams.

About the Author

James MacLachlan is Professor Emeritus of History at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto. He is the author of Children of Prometheus: A History of Science and Technology and co-author of Matter and Energy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195131703
Subtitle:
First Physicist
Author:
MacLachlan, James
Author:
MacLachlan, James
Author:
null, James
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Science & Nature - Astronomy
Subject:
Science & Nature - Physics
Subject:
History, Other | History of Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford Portraits in Science (Paperback)
Publication Date:
19990415
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44 illus.
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
6.400 x 9.400 in 1.000 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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