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Galileo in Rome : the rise and fall of a troublesome genius

Author: William R Shea; Mariano Artigas
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : Oxford University Press pbkView all editions and formats
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"Galileo's trial by the Inquisition is one of the most dramatic incidents in the history of science and religion. Today, we tend to see this event in black and white-Galileo all white, the Church all black. Galileo in Rome presents a much more nuanced account of Galileo's relationship with Rome. The book offers a fascinating account of the six trips Galileo made to Rome, from his first visit at age 23, as an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William R Shea; Mariano Artigas
ISBN: 0195177584 9780195177589
OCLC Number: 58975179
Description: xi, 226 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: William R. Shea and Mariano Artigas.
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Two leading authorities on Galileo offer a brilliant revisionist look at the career of the great Italian scientist.  Read more...

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schema:reviewBody""Galileo's trial by the Inquisition is one of the most dramatic incidents in the history of science and religion. Today, we tend to see this event in black and white-Galileo all white, the Church all black. Galileo in Rome presents a much more nuanced account of Galileo's relationship with Rome. The book offers a fascinating account of the six trips Galileo made to Rome, from his first visit at age 23, as an unemployed mathematician, to his final fateful journey to face the Inquisition. The authors reveal why the theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun stirred a hornet's nest of theological issues, and they argue that the Church might have accepted Copernicus if there had been solid proof. More interestingly, they show how Galileo dug his own grave. He disobeyed a Church order not to teach the heliocentric theory and had a character named Simplicio (which in Italian sounds like simpleton) raise the same objections to heliocentrism that the Pope had raised with Galileo. The authors show that throughout the trial, until the final sentence and abjuration, the Church treated Galileo with great deference and, once he was declared guilty, commuted his sentence to house arrest. Here, then, is a unique look at the life of Galileo as well as a strikingly different view of an event that has come to epitomize the Church's supposed antagonism toward science. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET."
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