9780192854568

Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

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    9780192854568

  • ISBN10:

    0192854569

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-06-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

In a startling reinterpretation of Galileo's trial, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileo's prosecution 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 in this volume to show how his scientific method was utterly divorced from the Aristotelian approach to physics; it was based on a search not for causes but for laws. Galileo's methods had an overwhelming significance for the development of modern physics, and they led to a final parting of the ways between science and philosophy. Now, in this extraordinary and concise introduction, Drake provides a stimulating view of Galileo's life and works, providing a fresh perspective on Galileo's methodology and his final incrimination.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
xiii
Introduction xv
The background
1(15)
Galileo's early years
16(24)
Conflicts with philosophers
40(23)
Conflicts with astronomers and theologians
63(25)
The Dialogue and the Inquisition
88(13)
The final years
101(18)
Further reading 119(4)
Index 123

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