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Title:
Galileo : a very short introduction
Author:
Drake, Stillman.
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.

©1980
Physical Description:
127 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1980, in series: Past masters.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1420 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780192854568
Format :
Book

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Summary

In a startling reinterpretation of the evidence, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileo's trial 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 to show how his scientific method was utterly divorced from the Aristotelian approach to physics in that it was based on a search not for causes but for laws. Galileo's method was of overwhelming significance for the development of modern physics,and led to a final parting of the ways between science and philosophy.


Author Notes

Stillman Drake, FRSC, was Emeritus Professor of the History of Science, University of Toronto, and author of Galileo: His Scientific Biography (1978). His translations of Galileo's scientific works include Cause, Experiment, and Science (1981) and Telescopes, Tides, and Tactics (1983).


Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction
1 The background
2 Galileo's early years
3 Conflicts with philosophers
4 Conflicts with astronomers and theologians
5 The Dialogue and the Inquisition
6 The final years
Reading list
Index