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Galileo

Author: J L Heilbron
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Heilbron takes in the landscape of culture, learning, religion, science, theology, and politics of late Renaissance Italy to produce a richer and more rounded view of Galileo, his scientific thinking, and the company he kept.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J L Heilbron
ISBN: 9780199583522 0199583528 9780199655984 0199655987
OCLC Number: 642283198
Description: xiv, 508 p. [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: A Florentine education : Upbringing ; Gap years ; Character analysis --
A Tuscan Archimedes : Hell and mathematics ; Barycentric exercises ; De motu ; Galileo at 25 --
Life in the Serenissima : Settling in ; Steady state --
Galilean science : Reluctant astronomer ; Mover and shaker --
Calculated risks : Starry message ; Celestial messenger ; More rabbits from the hat ; Family affairs and former friends --
Miscalculated risks : Freelance exegetes ; Poetical interlude ; Ill omens --
Vainglory : The Pope ; The knight ; The windmill ; The tilt --
End games : Dramatis personae ; Winding up ; Last days ; The end of the affair?
Responsibility: J. L. Heilbron.
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Galileo is aptly known as 'the father of modern science'. But there is much more to him than his well-known discoveries in physics and astronomy, and his infamous clash with the Catholic church. John  Read more...

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