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Galileo

Author: Stillman Drake
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, ©1980.
Series: Past masters series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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In a startling reinterpretation of the evidence, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileo's trial and 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 was utterly divorced from the Aristotelian approach to physics in that it was based on a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Drake, Stillman.
Galileo.
New York : Hill and Wang, ©1980
(OCoLC)763321049
Named Person: Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stillman Drake
ISBN: 0809048507 9780809048502 0809014165 9780809014163
OCLC Number: 7107840
Description: vii, 100 pages ; 20 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: Past masters series.
Responsibility: by Stillman Drake.

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In a startling reinterpretation of the evidence, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileo's trial and 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 was utterly divorced from the Aristotelian approach to physics in that it was based on a search not for causes but for laws. Galileo's method was of overwhelming significance for the development of modern physics, and led to a final parting of the ways between science and philosophy. This book is intended for students from sixth-form level upwards studying the history of science/science and philosophy.

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