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The Earth Moves: Galileo and the Roman Inquisition
     

The Earth Moves: Galileo and the Roman Inquisition

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by Dan Hofstadter
 

ISBN-10: 0393066509

ISBN-13: 9780393066500

Pub. Date: 05/26/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A cogent portrayal of the beginnings of modern science and a turning point in the evolution of the freedom of thought.
Celebrated, controversial, condemned, Galileo Galilei is a seminal figure in the history of science. Both Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein credit him as the first modern scientist. His 1633 trial before the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the

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A cogent portrayal of the beginnings of modern science and a turning point in the evolution of the freedom of thought.
Celebrated, controversial, condemned, Galileo Galilei is a seminal figure in the history of science. Both Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein credit him as the first modern scientist. His 1633 trial before the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the prime drama in the history of the conflict between science and religion. In Galileo’s day, Rome was the capital of a sovereign theocratic power, which in 1600 had executed Giordano Bruno on similar charges and reserved the right to torture Galileo.Galileo was then sixty-nine years old and the most venerated scientist in Italy. Although subscribing to an anti-literalist view of the Bible, as per Saint Augustine, Galileo considered himself a believing Catholic.Playing to his own strengths—a deep knowledge of Italy, a longstanding interest in Renaissance and Baroque lore—Dan Hofstadter explains apparent paradoxes and limns this historic moment in the widest cultural context, portraying Galileo as both humanist and scientist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393066500
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Series:
Great Discoveries Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note 11

Prologue: The Summons 17

1 Galileo Galilei and Maffeo Barberini 27

2 The Telescope; or, Seeing 53

3 The Trial; or, Not Seeing 134

Epilogue: Invidia 198

Notes 212

Selected Bibliography 226

Illustration Credits 232

Index 233

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