Galileo and the Scientific Revolution

Galileo and the Scientific Revolution

by Laura Fermi, Gilberto Bernardini
     
 

ISBN-10: 0486432262

ISBN-13: 9780486432267

Pub. Date: 09/17/2003

Publisher: Dover Publications

"As fresh and invigorating a work in the field of science biography as was its hero in his day." — Science
"A clear exposition of his discoveries, methods, and experiments…Recommended." — Library Journal
An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as a biography of the revolutionary thinker, this inspiring

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"As fresh and invigorating a work in the field of science biography as was its hero in his day." — Science
"A clear exposition of his discoveries, methods, and experiments…Recommended." — Library Journal
An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as a biography of the revolutionary thinker, this inspiring book was co-written by a former director of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics and a historian of science (who was also the wife of physicist Enrico Fermi). It begins in Galileo's youth, with his return to his native city of Pisa to train as a physician. Instead, the student became captivated by the power of mathematical reasoning — an interest that led him to apply mathematical logic to natural events and, ultimately, to invent the concept of experimentation. Galileo's progress from student to teacher to scientific innovator is traced, with particular emphasis on his experiments with building and refining telescopes and his unprecedented observations of the moon and planets. The dramatic results of his findings, including his refutation of Aristotelian theory and his support of Copernican doctrine, are related in full, along with his clash with the papal inquisition and his tragic demise under house arrest. Written with a warm appreciation for the wonders of Galileo's achievements and with impeccable scholarship, this book concludes with a survey of the scientist's remarkable legacy. 12 figures. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486432267
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
09/17/2003
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.28(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsiv
Introduction: Galileo ... Who was he?7
Observer of Nature
Inventor of Experiments
Builder of Instruments
Teacher
Defender of Free Thought
1.Student in Pisa11
Aristotle's Authority
Swinging Lamps and Pendulums
From Medicine to Mathematics
2.The Young Teacher21
Archimedes and the Hydrostatic Balance
Teacher in Pisa
De Motu (on Motion)
Falling Bodies
From Pisa to Padua
3.Good Times27
A Venetian Nobleman: Sagredo
The Experimental School of Medicine in Padua
Public and Private Teaching
Galileo's Geometric and Military Compass
Magnets
An Unfortunate Trip
4.The Telescope39
Copernicus
The Sun at the Center of the Universe
Kepler
News of a Telescope
Galileo Presents His Telescope to the Doge
5.The Universe Through the Telescope48
New Aspects of the Moon
Jupiter's Satellites
The Phases of Venus
Sunspots
The Aristotelian Universe is Shaken
Galileo and Kepler
6.Florence and Rome62
Sagredo's Prophecy
Triumph in Rome
The Inquisition
Polemic Writings
The Laws of Nature and the Scriptures
The Decree Against the Copernican Doctrine
The Assayer
7.Galileo and Urban VIII78
The Dialogue
The Summons to Rome
The Trial
The Sentence
8.Father and Daughter86
Galileo at Home
Sister Maria Celeste
Death of a Daughter
9.The Last Years94
Blindness
Milton's Visit
Death
10.Galileo's Physics96
The Law of Inertia
More About Falling Bodies
The Motion of Projectiles
Faith in the Laws of Nature
"This Vast and Most Excellent Science"
AppendixThe Little Balance and a Note on It113
Bibliography122
Index125

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