Renaissance Genius: Galileo Galilei & His Legacy to Modern Science

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Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei first used the telescope to gaze at the heavens. In honor of that anniversary, as well as the international year of astronomy, this lavishly illustrated volume celebrates Galileo?s life and work.

Written by internationally renowned BBC science correspondent Dr. David Whitehouse?the world?s most cited science journalist?Renaissance Genius paints a fascinating portrait of the astronomer. Beautifully written, gorgeously packaged, and ...

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Overview

Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei first used the telescope to gaze at the heavens. In honor of that anniversary, as well as the international year of astronomy, this lavishly illustrated volume celebrates Galileo’s life and work.

Written by internationally renowned BBC science correspondent Dr. David Whitehouse—the world’s most cited science journalist—Renaissance Genius paints a fascinating portrait of the astronomer. Beautifully written, gorgeously packaged, and eminently knowledgeable, it offers a smart alternative to dry, academic studies of the subject.

Dr. Whitehouse invites the reader to journey into the world of the Italian Renaissance at a crucial time of change—when science clashed with a church still mired in a medieval mindset. He helps us fully appreciate Galileo’s revolutionary discoveries…and his role in opening up the cosmos to all mankind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402769771
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David Whitehouse was a consultant to many space agencies and involved in several space missions. As a result of his media work, he was invited by the BBC to become its science correspondent in 1988; from 1998–2006 he was the network’s first science editor working for BBC News Online. David has won many awards, including a Glaxo for newspaper science writing, a record five Netmedia awards, and the very first “Arthur” award (named after Arthur C. Clarke) for space journalism. He has written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and two acclaimed books, and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and past president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. The asteroid 4036 was renamed asteroid Whitehouse in recognition of his services to science and the media.
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  • Posted August 6, 2010

    Compelling book on scientific brilliance

    Dr. Whitehouse brings Galileo Galieli into light by providing vivid detail into how he became influential in astronomy as he faced critical opposition. This book should be at the top of any aspiring astronomer and/or professional.

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