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The final years

in Galileo

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780192854568
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192854568.003.0006

Series: Very Short Introductions

The final years

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‘The final years’ charts Galileo's time under house arrest until his death. Galileo was banned from having any of his work published or reprinted, but despite this his books were translated across Europe. He also managed to find a publisher for his latest work, Two New Sciences, which dealt with the structure of matter and the science of natural motions. During his later correspondence Galileo displayed a conciliatory attitude towards Aristotle, but not towards those who followed him blindly. Galileo remained a devout Catholic, and maintained that he only wished to free science from philosophy, and therefore theology. He died with a clear conscience in 1642.

Keywords: Aristotle; Galileo; Thomas Hobbes; David Hume; John Paul II; matter; Isaac Newton; philosophy; religion and Science; Paolo Sarpi; science

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

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