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Wootton, David, 1952-
Galileo : watcher of the skies / David Wootton
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2010
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 4th Floor  QB36.G2 W66 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642
Subject(s) Astronomers -- Italy -- Biography
Physical Description xii, 328 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 268-319) and index
Contents Conjectural history -- The mind's eye. His father's son ; Florence ; Galileo's lamp ; Eureka! ; Seeing is believing ; A friend in need ; Juvenilia ; The Leaning Tower ; Inertia ; Nudism -- The watcher of the skies. Copernicanism ; Money ; Fields of fire ; The experimental method ; The telescope ; Mother ; The Starry Messenger ; Florence and buoyancy ; Jesuits and the new astronomy ; Sunspots ; The Catholic scientist -- The eagle and the arrow. Copernicus condemned ; Comets ; The death of Gianfrancesco Sagredo ; Urban VIII ; Family ties ; Permission to publish ; Alessandra Buonamici ; A river floods ; Publication ; The Dialogue -- Prisoner to the Inquisition. Maria Celeste and Arcetri ; Trial ; The Two New Sciences ; Vincenzo, son of Galileo ; Galileo's (un)belief ; The cosmography of the self -- Galileo, history, and the historians
Note Galileo (1564-1642) is one of the most important and controversial figures in the history of science. Tackling Galileo as astronomer, engineer, and author, this book places him at the centre of Renaissance culture. It draws extensively on Galileo's voluminous letters, many of which were self-censored and sly
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