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Galileo / Edition 1

Galileo / Edition 1

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by James Jr. Reston

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ISBN-10: 189312262X

ISBN-13: 2901893122627

Pub. Date: 01/20/2000

Publisher: Beard Group Inc.

The critics in both the conventional and academic press praised the biography for its vibrant portrait of Galileo the man, its solid accessible exposition of Galilean science as well as its dramatic treatment of Galileo's clash with the Church over the issue of science vs. faith.

The well-known historian of science, Owen Gingerich, of Harvard University said

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Galileo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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One may never imagine that beneath the complicatedness and intricacies of science could exist a highly lively, arrogant, and brilliant man. After reading Galileo by James. Reston Jr. ones idea of science and its impact is completely changed. After reading this story one will learn how while from birth it was not assumed he would be a great physicist and astronomer, Galileo would eventually revolutionize ideas with his discoveries. He would completely overturn Aristotelian thought, create a telescope leading to controversial discoveries about the earth and sun, provide a better understanding of falling bodies and projectiles, and much more. Yet more importantly, Reston not only relates Galileo¿s impact on science, but he provides an in depth look at how culture, politics, and religion can influence and promote problems for a man seeking to further the discoveries of science. It is not a surprise as to why Reston would choose to write of such a man. He all throughout his life seemed extremely perseverant in his quest to better understand his surroundings. Yet what makes him more interesting is the controversy that constantly surrounded his life and discoveries. Galileo was very arrogant and constantly desiring to come out on top and so naturally he is a very interesting character to reflect upon as he does anything to meet his wants. His defiance of the church and the questioning of the inquisition are further interesting. One should consider reading the story of Galileo as he was one of a kind in history. Reston also provides fantastic details of every incident of Galileo¿s life and so the text does not strictly discuss the scientific aspects. One realizes that it was a conceited, passionate, and prickly man that would be accredited to revolutionizing science.
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Reston does a good job of portraying Galileo's struggle with the Church. He gets inside Galileo and really brings out the true character of his subject. This book is easy to read and very informative. Reston does a good job of not getting bogged down in minute details. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to delve into the life of this remarkable individual. You will find Galileo to be very human.