RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 46685578 LA English T1 Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems, Ptolemaic and Copernican A1 Galilei, Galileo,, Drake, Stillman., PB Modern Library PP New York YR 2001 SN 037575766X 9780375757662 AB Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in Florence in 1632, was the most proximate cause of his being brought to trial before the Inquisition. Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernicancan system over the Ptolemaic one, proving, for the first time, that the earth revolves around the Sun. It's influence is incalculable. The Dialogue is not only one of the most important scientific treatises ever written, but a work of supreme clarity and accessibility, remaining as readable now as when it was first published. This edition uses the definitive text established by the University of California Press, in Stillman Drake's translation, and includes a Foreword by Albert Einstein and a new Introduction by J.L. Heilbron.