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Heilbron, J. L
Galileo / J. L. Heilbron
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2010
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QB36.G2 H445 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642
Subject(s) Astronomers -- Italy -- Biography
Scientists -- Italy -- Biography
Physical Description xiv, 508 p. [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 389-491) and index
Summary Heilbron takes in the landscape of culture, learning, religion, science, theology, and politics of late Renaissance Italy to produce a richer and more rounded view of Galileo, his scientific thinking, and the company he kept
Contents A Florentine education. Upbringing ; Gap years ; Character analysis -- A Tuscan Archimedes. Hell and mathematics ; Barycentric exercises ; De motu ; Galileo at 25 -- Life in the Serenissima. Settling in ; Steady state -- Galilean science. Reluctant astronomer ; Mover and shaker -- Calculated risks. Starry message ; Celestial messenger ; More rabbits from the hat ; Family affairs and former friends -- Miscalculated risks. Freelance exegetes ; Poetical interlude ; Ill omens -- Vainglory. The Pope ; The knight ; The windmill ; The tilt -- End games. Dramatis personae ; Winding up ; Last days ; The end of the affair?

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