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His life was a continuous struggle to defend science from the influence of religious prejudices.
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Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to fool the Inquisition
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His support of Copernican cosmology, against the Church's strong opposition, his development of a telescope, and his unorthodox opinions as a philosopher of science were the central concerns of his career and the subjects of four of his most important writings. Drake's introductory essay place them in their biographical and historical context. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.
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Register a free business account. From the Publisher Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. From the Back Cover Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one, proving, for the first time, that the earth revolves around the sun.
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Verified Purchase. My interest in Galileo was recently piqued by a seminar on data presentation by Edward Tufte strongly recommended, also his books. I was looking for an overview of Galileo's work and some context. This book provides both, very well. Preceding each of these exerpts, is an introduction which includes historical information, information about Galileo's personal life, and much quotation from other scientists and people with whom Galileo is arguing.
These are written in excellent, clear prose. The stage is set without the stage manager intruding. The exerpts from Galileo have been edited to maintain the focus on why Galileo is important to history and science, without losing his flavor or his pugnacious style.
The point made by Galileo himself and the book are that Galileo pointed out that from then on, evidence would be the standard by which we would judge our knowledge of the world, not authority, word-play, logical proofs or arguments, etc.
This is the dawn of the enlightenment. For an introduction, I found this book perfect. It won't satisfy the scholar looking to read every word of Galileo's.
But, as I noted above, this book does show us why we still know Galileo's name, unlike the vast majority of his peers. Although the introductory sections are a bit dated, this book contains some of the best translations available of Galileo's works in English.
It includes a broad range of his theories both those we recognize as "correct" and those in which he was "in error". Both types indicate his creativity. The reproductions of his sketches of the moons of Jupiter in "The Starry Messenger" are accurate enough to match to modern computer programs which show the positions of the moons for any date in history. The appendix with a chronological summary of Galileo's life is very useful in placing the readings in context.
Galileo Galilei is truly one of the greats of mankind. He helped usher in not only new scientific discoveries that were unknown to man, but he helped establish the scientific mode of thinking. This English translation is a great read and I highly recommend it. Came as described. Drake's translation is very easy to read while still capturing the subtleties of Galileo's work. This volume is highly convenient because it has Galileo's best works in it, so if you want to read Galileo, start by reading this volume cover to cover.
His letter to the Grand Duchess is particularly insightful. One person found this helpful. This was a textbook for a class, so I wouldn't say it was an exciting read, but was okay for a textbook. This "rare" book proved most useful for my purposes, writing an article on the impact that Galileo had on John MIlton's "Paradise Lost". I found its translation quite appropriate that needed no further adaptations. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Einstein called Galileo the father of modern science; he not only pioneered the methodology and truth criteria, he also fought and argued for the right of scientists to research through observation and experiment.
This book is Galileo's words, not a biography or an autobiography but excerpts from three of his most famous books and his letters. The preface tells readers that the book's purpose is "to present in substantially Galileo's own words both the astronomical discoveries that made him famous and the philosophical opinions that cost him his freedom".
Already, in the first paragraph, a nice distinction is made regarding the nature of his imprisonment and questioning by the Inquisition. Writing to the Very Reverend Monsignor Don Virginio Cesarini, he tells him he has never understood why studies he wrote to please other people have "aroused in some men a certain perverse urge to detract, steal or deprecate that modicum of merit which I thought I had earned It is fascinating to read his own words, to imagine the world in which he lived when science was so fraught with danger.
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Discoveries and opinions of Galileo
New Perspectives on Galileo pp Cite as. It has frequently been claimed that Galileo is the father of modern science. Historians of science who thus enshrine him claim for him nor only important scientific discoveries, but also the discovery of the telescope, the introduction of the first genuine scientific method, defined mainly by reliance on experimentation, and the destruction of the prevailing Aristotelian metaphysics of his day. In the past few years, we have begun to get new motivation to think about Galileo by new assessments of his work, some balanced Shea, , others highly skewed and controversial Feyerabend, Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF. Skip to main content.
PDF | The art of advertising one's scientific achievements, of which Galileo supporting them by his discovery of the Jupiter's satellites, named Medicea Sidera. A willingly since I adopted Copernicus' opinion many years ago, and deduced.
Some Tactics in Galileo’s Propaganda for the Mathematization of Scientific Experience
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There are encouraging signs that the history and philosophy of science are becoming more important in the teaching of science and in the preparation of science teachers. This tendency is supported here by looking at the widespread treatment of Galileo's account of pendulum motion in science texts and classrooms, indicating that it is a less than adequate account of the historical facts, and suggesting that the teaching of this commonplace topic can be considerably enhanced if science teachers have some familiarity with basic research in the history and philosophy of science. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.
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Galileo famously published the first account of his observations in a small pamphlet titled Sidereus Nuncius , which translates both as Starry Messenger and the Starry Message. This publication was the start of the path that was to lead Galileo into conflict with the Roman Catholic Church and eventual to his trial and condemnation.