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Galileo (Brief Insight)

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In a startling reinterpretation of the evidence, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileos condemnation by the Inquisition was caused not by his defiance of the Church, but by the hostility of contemporary philosophers. Galileos own beautifully lucid arguments are used to show how his scientific method—based on a search not for causes but for laws—was utterly divorced from the Aristotelian approach to physics. His methodology had a definitive impact on the development of modern physics, and led to a final parting of the ways between science and philosophy.

 

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Drake (formerly history of science, U. of Toronto, Canada) centers this biography of Galileo on his condemnation by the Roman Inquisition in 1633. While Galileo's scientific and intellectual achievements have been recognized and praised in the past few hundred years, they were extremely unpopular during his lifetime. The author depicts Galileo's early years; his run-ins with the philosophers, astronomers, and theologians of the day; the Inquisition, and his final years. The book contains numerous illustrations. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In a startling reinterpretation of the evidence, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileo's 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--based on a search not for causes but for laws--was utterly divorced from the Aristotelian approach to physics. His methodology had a definitive impact on the development of modern physics, and led to a final parting of the ways between science and philosophy.

About the Author

STILLMAN DRAKE was Professor of the History of Science at the University of Toronto. His translations of Galileos scientific works include Cause, Experiment, and Science (1981) and Telescopes, Tides, and Tactics (1983).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781402768866
Author:
Drake, Stillman
Publisher:
Sterling
Subject:
History
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
STUDY NOTES - SparkNotes
Subject:
Galilei, Galileo
Subject:
Astronomers - Italy
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
BG-CLASSIC EDITIONS - BG-B&N REDISCOVERS
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Brief Insights
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
all in color
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.13 x 5 in

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