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Galileo

Stillman Drake

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780192854568
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192854568.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Galileo

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Galileo: A Very Short Introduction advances the hypothesis that Galileo's prosecution 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; it was based on a search not for causes but for laws. Galileo's methods had an overwhelming significance for the development of modern physics, and they led to a final parting of the ways between science and philosophy. This VSI provides a fresh perspective on Galileo's methodology and his final incrimination.

Keywords: Tycho Brahe; Giordano Bruno; Galileo Galilei; hypothesis; Inquisition; scientific method; Middle Ages; Isaac Newton; physics; Paolo Sarpi; science; scientific revolution; Urban VIII

Book.  160 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity ; History of Science and Technology ; Astronomy and Astrophysics

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