Thus Spoke Galileo: The great scientists ideas and their relevance to the present day

Hardcover | February 16, 2006

byAndrea Frova, Mariapiera MarenzanaTranslated byJim McManus

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You might know what is said about Galileo, but not many people know what Galileo himself actually said! His elusive and often misquoted discourse has resulted, over the years, in slurs against his name and reputation as a scientist. Let him speak then, so that he can bring to everyone'sattention his message of reason, of intellectual honesty, and of free thinking. A message that, more than ever, is of great relevance in the rampant irrationality of the new millennium. The exposition begins with a blunt 'self-portrait'. A 'forgery' of course, based mainly on extracts from Galileo's writings and private letters; something he would never have dared, nor been allowed, to write for the public. The selection of writings offered includes many of the subjects that wereclosest to Galileo's heart and mind with lively commentary from both the literary, scientific, and historical viewpoints. For those who want to know the mathematics behind Galileo's theories, each chapter closes with a separate self contained summary.Thus Spoke Galileo will allow the reader to appreciate the work and the writing-style of a great scientist and author who had a tremendous influence on the modern world.

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You might know what is said about Galileo, but not many people know what Galileo himself actually said! His elusive and often misquoted discourse has resulted, over the years, in slurs against his name and reputation as a scientist. Let him speak then, so that he can bring to everyone'sattention his message of reason, of intellectual h...

Andrea Frova Full professor of General Physics University of Rome "La Sapienza" P. Aldo Moro 2 00185 Roma Italy Mariapiera Marenzana Retired Professor of Italian and Latin Literature from Liceo Coreutico at the National Dance Academy via Ridolfino Venuti 21 00162 Roma Italy

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.26 inPublished:February 16, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefacePersisting misconceptions - A testPart I: Introduction1. Posthumous self-portrait of Galileo Galilei, philosopher2. The origin of nervesPart II: Revolutionary Motions3. Almost free fall4. Life aboard ship5. Towers arrows cannons and birdsPart III: The Pendulum and Music6. The divine harmoniesPart IV: The Starry Sky above Us7. The crystal moon8. In the moonlightPart V: The Spinning Earth9. An ingenious wrong theory10. The seized atmosphere11. Stand still, ever moving sunPart VI12. Infinite finite infinitesimal13. Down the slopePart VII14. Archimedes and the weight of air15. Wax balls and dew drops16. Machines large and smallPart VIII17. In horror at a vacuum18. The obscure labyrinth of the senses19. As fast as lightPart IX: All that Glitters ...20. Quarrels among scientists21. The scientist and the cicadaEpilogue22. Conviction and abjuration

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`...an original and worthy achievement... very timely and welcome. 'Annibale Fantoli, University of Victoria, British Columbia