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KLIATTPanchyk's survey of Galileo's contributions to science opens minds to the challenges of the unknown. In seven chapters, the text covers lunar observation, gravity, shadows, telescopy, and motion as well as the attitude of the Catholic hierarchy toward a major shift in cosmic knowledge. The text, map, genealogy, drawings, and photos invite young readers to imagine the difficult task of enlightening a conservative world on the wonders of physics. Interspersed with narrative are student projects, such as cooking a Renaissance meal, viewing stars, and studying the permutations of the roll of dice. Back matter lists popes and dukes of the era and includes a three-page glossary of vital terms, websites to explore, and planetaria to visit. This reasonably priced book is a must-have for home-schoolers and for junior high, high school, and public libraries. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Chicago Review Press, 166p. illus. map. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to 18.
—Mary Ellen Snodgrass