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Galileo : a very short introduction

Author: Stillman Drake
Publisher: New York, NY : Sterling Pub., ©2009.
Series: Brief insight.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stillman Drake
ISBN: 9781402768866 1402768869
OCLC Number: 311759742
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 180 p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.
Contents: The background? --
Galileo's early years? --
Conflicts with philosophers? --
Conflicts with astronomers and theologians? --
The dialogue and the Inquisition? --
The final years?
Series Title: Brief insight.
Responsibility: Stillman Drake.

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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.

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