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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Series:||Great Discoveries Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Dan Hofstadter is the author of The Earth Moves and Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples (a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir). He has lived in Florence and Naples and speaks and reads Italian fluently. He lives in Rensselaerville, New York.