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Galileo in Rome: The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius
     

Galileo in Rome: The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius

by William R. Shea, Mariano Artigas
 

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ISBN-10: 0195177584

ISBN-13: 9780195177589

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Galileo's trial by the Inquisition is one of the most dramatic incidents in the history of science and religion. Today, we tend to see this event in black and white-Galileo all white, the Church all black. Galileo in Rome presents a much more nuanced account of Galileo's relationship with Rome. The book offers a fascinating account of the six trips Galileo made to

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Galileo's trial by the Inquisition is one of the most dramatic incidents in the history of science and religion. Today, we tend to see this event in black and white-Galileo all white, the Church all black. Galileo in Rome presents a much more nuanced account of Galileo's relationship with Rome. The book offers a fascinating account of the six trips Galileo made to Rome, from his first visit at age 23, as an unemployed mathematician, to his final fateful journey to face the Inquisition. The authors reveal why the theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun stirred a hornet's nest of theological issues, and they argue that the Church might have accepted Copernicus if there had been solid proof. More interestingly, they show how Galileo dug his own grave. He disobeyed a Church order not to teach the heliocentric theory and had a character named Simplicio (which in Italian sounds like simpleton) raise the same objections to heliocentrism that the Pope had raised with Galileo. The authors show that throughout the trial, until the final sentence and abjuration, the Church treated Galileo with great deference and, once he was declared guilty, commuted his sentence to house arrest. Here, then, is a unique look at the life of Galileo as well as a strikingly different view of an event that has come to epitomize the Church's supposed antagonism toward science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195177589
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,100,953
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Introductionix
Chapter 1Job Hunting and the Path to Rome1
Trip 11587
Chapter 2The Door of Fame Springs Open19
Trip 229 March-4 June 1611
Chapter 3Roman Clouds49
Trip 310 December 1615-4 June 1616
Chapter 4Roman Sunshine94
Trip 423 April-16 June 1624
Chapter 5Star-Crossed Heavens123
Trip 53 May-26 June 1630
Chapter 6Foul Weather in Rome158
Trip 613 February-6 July 1633
References201
Photo Credits212
Selected Bibliography215
Index217

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