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Decisive Innovator


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  • Date Published: April 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521566711

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  • In this entertaining and authoritative biography Michael Sharratt examines the flair, imagination, hard-headedness, clarity, combativeness, and penetration of Galileo Galilei. To follow his career as he exploited unforeseen opportunities to unseat established ways of comprehending nature is to understand a crucial stage of the Scientific Revolution. Galileo was a path-breaker for the newly-invented telescope, the decoder of nature's mathematical language, and a quite brilliant populariser of science. Even his reluctant excursion into theology has at last been officially and handsomely recognised by the Church's 'rehabilitation' of the Inquisition's most famous victim, fully discussed in the last chapter. This book makes his lasting contributions accessible to non-scientists and his mistakes are not overlooked. This is not a mythical story, but the biography of an innovator - one of the greatest ever known.

    • Accessible to the general reader with no specialist knowledge of science or history
    • Full, balanced, and fair account of his clash with the Church
    • Galileo as a populariser of science - his brilliance as a writer is conveyed by numerous quotations
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    'There are many other books which delve deeply and comprehensively into Galileo's life and works … but Sharratt's volume is an excellent introduction to the man aptly known as the 'father of modern physics'.' Irish Astronomical Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521566711
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    General editor's preface
    1. The strangest piece of news
    2. Early life
    3. Professor at Pisa
    4. The proper home for his ability
    5. Discoveries and controversies
    6. The condemnation of Copernicanism
    7. Controversy and new hope
    8. The Dialogue and Galileo's condemnation
    9. Two new sciences
    10. Rehabilitation

  • Author

    Michael Sharratt, Ushaw College, Durham

    Preface by

    David Knight

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