Galileo Galilei - When the World Stood Still by Atle NaessGalileo Galilei - When the World Stood Still by Atle Naess

Galileo Galilei - When the World Stood Still

byAtle NaessEditorJ. Anderson

Hardcover | November 29, 2004

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"I, Galileo, son of the late Vincenzio Galilei, Florentine, aged seventy years ...kneeling before you Most Eminent and Reverend Lord Cardinals ...I abjure, curse, detest the aforesaid errors and heresies."

Galileo Galilei in Rome, 22 June 1633, before the men of the Inquisition.

In the small village of Arcetri, on a wooded hillside just south of Florence, an old man sat writing his will. He had to make a journey to Rome and wanted to be prepared for every eventuality. If the plague did not get him on the road, the strain of travelling might finish him off; in addition he had been ill most of the autumn, with dizziness, stomach pains and a serious hernia. And even if he survived these difficulties, and the cold winter wind from the Apennines did not give him pneumonia, he had no idea what awaited him in Rome, only that his arrival was unlikely to be celebrated with a special mass.

The mathematician and physicist Galileo Galilei is one of the most famous scientists of all times. The story of his life and times, of his epoch-making experiments and discoveries, of his stubbornness and pride, of his patrons in the house of Medici, of his enemies and friends in their struggle for truth - all is brought vividly to life in this book. Atle Næss has written a gripping account of one of the great figures in European history.
He was awarded the Brage Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Norway.

 

The author was born in 1949. He studied language and literature at Oslo University and worked for some years as a teacher at various levels before becoming an independent writer of novels and non-fiction. Among his books is a novel about the Italian painter Caravaggio, translated into English under the title "Doubting Thomas" [in Germa...
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Title:Galileo Galilei - When the World Stood StillFormat:HardcoverDimensions:221 pagesPublished:November 29, 2004Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3540219617

ISBN - 13:9783540219613

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Table of Contents

Prologue: A journey to Rome 5

The musician's son 7

A gifted young Tuscan 11

To Rome and the Jesuits 14

A Surveyor of Inferno 17

The spheres from the tower 19

From Pisa to Padua 22

Signs in the sky 24

De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium 28

Lecturer and designer 31

A professor's commitments 33

Modern physics is born 35

A new star in an unchanging sky? 38

Drawing close to a court 40

The balls fall into place 43

The Roman style 45

The tube with the long perspective 47

A new world 49

Jupiter's sons 53

Johann Kepler, Imperial Mathematician 56

Several signs in the sky 60

Friendship and power 64

A dispute about objects that float in water 68

Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon! 71

The letter to Castelli 74

"How to go to heaven, not how the heavens go" 77

Foolish and absurd in philosophy, formally heretical 80

The hammer of the heretics 83

Deaths and omens 86

Comets portend disaster 91

Weighing the words of others on gold-scales 95

A marvellous combination of circumstances 99

War and heresy 102

European power struggle and Roman nephews 105

The old and the new 107

"An advantageous decree" 111

Two wise men - and a third 113

The Inquisition's chambers 117

Diplomacy in the time of the plague 122

An order from the top 126

"Nor further to hold, teach, or defend it in any way whatsoever" 131

Convinced with reasons 135

"I, Galileo Galilei" 139

Eternity 143

A death and two new sciences 148

The meeting with infinity 152

"That universe ... is not any greater than the space I occupy" 156

Epilogue 159

Postscript 164

Appendix 166

Sources 167

Name Index 172

References 175

Editorial Reviews

and well constructed, and one that provides the important larger context that surrounds the drama itself. This reviewer recommends it highly to anyone interested in a succinct and comprehensive look at the "saga" of Galileo. MAA Online book review columne, Alexander J. Hahn, October 2005  The complete review can be found here: http://www.maa.org/reviews/naessgalileo.html [...] Atle Naess knows how to write a readable book. He wastes no time on padding. He weaves the history, the personalities and the technicalities together expertly, with a sure eye for an interesting detail and an ability to cut through the myths, propaganda and speculation that surround the Galileo case. [...] The aim of the book is a short introduction to introduce the man and whet the appetite for his ideas. It is a resounding success. by James Franklin, Univ of New South Wales, Sydney                                          Gazette, The Australian Mathematical Society, Volume 32, Number 4, 2005, "The mathematician and physicist Galileo Galilei is one of the most famous scientists of all time. The story of his life and times . is brought vividly to life in this book. Atle Næss has written a gripping account of one of the great figures in European history." (WWW. firstscience.com, September 12, 2005) "Not too many biographies of great scientists are as felicitously written as this new one . . a delightful read but . is as historically accurate as one would hope. . very adequately referenced. . The translation into english is excellent. This book brought home to me the full extent . . Anyone with an interest in the life and times of Galileo will adore this new account . . It is beautifully printed, attractively bound . . Highly recommended." (Australian Physics, Vol. 42 (2), May/June, 2005) "I found this book fascinating. Much of the argument . revolves around the famous trial of Galileo for heresy in 1633. . The background of the build up to the trial with all the necessary detail is handled in a masterly manner . . There are 13 pages of index and references which will allow the assiduous reader to delve further into the scientific life of seventeenth century Italy - a journey well worth making . a book worth buying." (M. L. Perkins, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 90 (518), 2006) "Galileo Galilei was not only one of the most outstanding 16th century scientists, but he also suffered for the last nine years of his life . . This biography deals with both these aspects, making full use of recent historical research. Altogether is presents a rounded picture of his life in a highly readable account." (Mathematika, Vol. 52, 2005) "Galileo Galilei was not only one of the most outstanding 16th century scientists, but he also suffered for the last nine years of his life . . This biography deals with both these aspects, making full use of recent historical research. Altogether it presents a rounded picture of his life in a highly readable account." (Mathematika, Vol. 52, 2005)