Galileo: Decisive Innovator

Paperback | April 26, 1996

byMichael SharrattPreface byDavid Knight

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In this entertaining and authoritative biography, first published in 1994, Michael Sharratt examines the flair, imagination, hard-headedness, clarity, combativeness and penetrating intelligence of Galileo Galilei. To follow Galileo's career as he exploited unforeseen opportunities to unseat established ways of comprehending nature is to understand a crucial stage of the Scientific Revolution. Galileo was a pathbreaker for the newly-invented telescope, the decoder of nature's mathematical language and a quite brilliant popularizer of science. Even his reluctant excursion into theology has at last been officially and handsomely recognized by the Church's "rehabilitation" of the Inquisition's most famous victim, fully discussed in the last chapter. This book makes his lasting contributions accessible to nonscientists and his mistakes are not overlooked. This is not a mythical story, but the biography of an innovator--one of the greatest ever known.

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In this entertaining and authoritative biography Michael Sharrat examines the flair, imagination, hard-headedness, clarity, combativeness and penetration of Galileo Galilei. To follow his career as he exploited unforeseen opportunities to unseat established ways of comprehending nature is to understand a crucial stage of the Scientific...

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In this entertaining and authoritative biography, first published in 1994, Michael Sharratt examines the flair, imagination, hard-headedness, clarity, combativeness and penetrating intelligence of Galileo Galilei. To follow Galileo's career as he exploited unforeseen opportunities to unseat established ways of comprehending nature is t...

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In this entertaining and authoritative biography Michael Sharrat examines the flair, imagination, hard-headedness, clarity, combativeness and penetration of Galileo Galilei. To follow his career as he exploited unforeseen opportunities to unseat established ways of comprehending nature is to understand a crucial stage of the Scientific...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:April 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521566711

ISBN - 13:9780521566711

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; General editor's preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The strangest piece of news; 2. Early life; 3. Professor at Pisa; 4. The proper home for his ability; 5. Discoveries and controversies; 6. The condemnation of Copernicanism; 7. Controversy and new hope; 8. The Dialogue and Galileo's condemnation; 9. Two new sciences; 10. Rehabilitation; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

From Our Editors

In this entertaining and authoritative biography Michael Sharrat examines the flair, imagination, hard-headedness, clarity, combativeness and penetration of Galileo Galilei. To follow his career as he exploited unforeseen opportunities to unseat established ways of comprehending nature is to understand a crucial stage of the Scientific Revolution. Galileo was a path-breaker for the newly invented telescope, the decoder of nature's mathematical language and a quite brilliant popularizer of science. Even his reluctant excursion into theology has at least been officially and handsomely recognized by the church's 'rehabilitation' of the Inquisition's most famous victim, fully discussed in the last chapter. This book makes his lasting contributions accessible to non-scientists and his mistakes are not overlooked. This is not a mythical story, but the biography of an innovator- one of the greatest ever known.

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"In Galileo: Decisive Innovator, Michael Sharratt offers an effective and manageable remedy to the standard schoolbook portrayal of Galileo. Effective, because it outlines Galileo's contributions with an emphasis on ideas rather than anecdotes. Manageable, because it is a succinct account that restricts itself to the salient features of Galileo's arguments and the key events and relationships that shaped his life...Sharratt succeeds in restoring the man behind the myth." The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada