Selected Writings

Paperback | February 9, 2012

EditorGalileobyWilliam R. SheaTranslated byMark Davie

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'Philosophy is written in this great book which is continually open before our eyes - I mean the universe...'Galileo's astronomical discoveries changed the way we look at the world, and our place in the universe. Threatened by the Inquisition for daring to contradict the literal truth of the Bible, Galileo ignited a scientific revolution when he asserted that the Earth moves. This generous selection fromhis writings contains all the essential texts for a reader to appreciate his lasting significance. Mark Davie's new translation renders Galileo's vigorous Italian prose into clear modern English, while William R. Shea's version of the Latin Sidereal Message makes accessible the book that createda sensation in 1610 with its account of Galileo's observations using the newly invented telescope.All Galileo's contributions to the debate on science and religion are included, as well as key documents from his trial before the Inquisition in 1633. A lively introduction and clear notes give an overview of Galileo's career and explain the scientific and philosophical background to thetexts.

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'Philosophy is written in this great book which is continually open before our eyes - I mean the universe...'Galileo's astronomical discoveries changed the way we look at the world, and our place in the universe. Threatened by the Inquisition for daring to contradict the literal truth of the Bible, Galileo ignited a scientific revoluti...

Mark Davie has taught Italian at the Universities of Liverpool and Exeter. He has published studies on various aspects of Italian literature, mainly in the period from Dante to the Renaissance, and has edited Tasso's The Liberation of Jerusalem, tr. Max Wickert, for Oxford World's Classics. He is particularly interested in the relati...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199583692

ISBN - 13:9780199583690

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IntroductionSelect BibliographyA Chronology of GalileoA Sidereal MessageLetters on the SunspotsFirst LetterFrom the Third LetterScience and ReligionLetter to Don Benedetto CastelliLetter to the Grand Duchess ChristinaLetter from Cardinal Bellarmine to Paolo Antonio FoscariniObservations on the Copernican TheoryFrom The AssayerDialogue on the Two Chief World SystemsFirst DayFrom the Second DayFrom the Third DayFourth DayThe TrialTwo New SciencesFrom the First DayFrom the Third DayExplanatory NotesIndex