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.

Celebrated, controversial, condemned, Galileo Galilei is a seminal figure in the history of science. But what really happened during his momentous 1633 trial for heresy? Galileo was a devout Catholic, and the Inquisition made no factual dispute of his claims. Dan Hofstadter explains this apparent paradox, vividly recounting the proceedings. He sorts through the

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Celebrated, controversial, condemned, Galileo Galilei is a seminal figure in the history of science. But what really happened during his momentous 1633 trial for heresy? Galileo was a devout Catholic, and the Inquisition made no factual dispute of his claims. Dan Hofstadter explains this apparent paradox, vividly recounting the proceedings. He sorts through the intricate webs of patronage, examines the technology of Galileo's instruments, and reviews the cultural climate of that contentious era to explain why Galileo incurred such strident opposition. The Earth Moves offers a unique portrayal of Galileo as both humanist and scientist, deeply versed in philosophy and poetry, on easy terms with musicians, writers, and painters.

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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