Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

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ISBN : 9780192854568
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Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

In a startling reinterpretation of Galileo's trial, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileo's prosecution and condemnation by the Inquisition was caused not by his defiance of the Church but by the hostility of contemporary philosophers. Galileo's own beautifully lucid arguments are used in this volume to show how his scientific method was utterly divorced from the Aristotelian approach to physics; it was based on a search not for causes but for laws. Galileo's methods had an overwhelming significance for the development of modern physics, and they led to a final parting of the ways between science and philosophy. Now, in this extraordinary and concise introduction, Drake provides a stimulating view of Galileo's life and works, providing a fresh perspective on Galileo's methodology and his final incrimination.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Specifications of Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

GENERAL
AuthorStillman Drake
BindingPaperback
LanguageEnglish
EditionNew Ed
ISBN-100192854569
ISBN-139780192854568
PublisherOxford University Press
Number Of Pages152
Publication Date2001-06-07
DIMENSIONS
Height4.2 inch.
Length6.7 inch.
Width0.4 inch.
Weight0.3 pounds.

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