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Thus spoke Galileo : the great scientist's ideas and their relevance to the present day

Author: Galileo Galilei; Andrea Frova; Mariapiera Marenzana
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"You might know what is said about Galileo, but not many people know what Galileo himself actually said! His demanding and often misquoted discourse has resulted, over the years, in slurs against his name and reputation as a scientist. Let him speak then, so that he can bring to everyone's attention his message of reason, of intellectual honesty, and of free thinking. A message that, more than ever, is of great  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Quelle
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Galileo Galilei; Andrea Frova; Mariapiera Marenzana
ISBN: 0198566255 9780198566250
OCLC Number: 61703956
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Notes: Translation of: Parola di Galileo.
Description: xx, 493 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: PART I: INTRODUCTION: Posthumous self-portrait of Galileo Galilei, philosopher --
The origin of nerves --
PART II: REVOLUTIONARY MOTIONS: Almost free fall --
Life aboard ship --
Towers arrows cannons and birds --
PART III: THE PENDULUM AND MUSIC: The divine harmonies --
PART IV: THE STARRY SKY ABOVE US: The crystal moon --
In the moonlight --
PART V: THE SPINNING EARTH: An ingenious wrong theory --
The seized atmosphere --
Stand still, ever moving sun --
PART VI: THE INVASION OF THE INFINITESIMALS: Infinite finite infinitesimal --
Down the slope --
PART VII: BODIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Archimedes and the weight of air --
Wax balls and dew drops --
Machines large and small --
PART VIII: FROM MATTER TO LIGHT: In horror at a vacuum --
The dark labyrinth of the senses --
As fast as light --
PART IX: ALL THAT GLITTERS: Quarrels among scientists --
The scientist and the cicada --
EPILOGUE: Conviction and abjuration.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: [edited by] Andrea Frova and Mariapiera Marenzana ; translated by Jim McManus in collaboration with the authors.
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Presentation of the most important discoveries by Galileo Galilei, endorsed by his own lively writings. Includes simple explanations for the general reader, comparative discussions about state of  Read more...

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