Galileo: A Very Short Introduction by Stillman DrakeGalileo: A Very Short Introduction by Stillman Drake

Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

byStillman Drake

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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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.
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).
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Title:Galileo: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192854569

ISBN - 13:9780192854568

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Table of Contents

List of illustrationsIntroduction1. The background2. Galileo's early years3. Conflicts with philosophers4. Conflicts with astronomers and theologians5. The Dialogue and the Inquisition6. The final yearsReading listIndex

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