Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

Stillman Drake


In a startling reinterpretation of Galileo's trial, Stillman Drake advances the speculation that Galileo's prosecution and condemnation by way of the Inquisition used to be triggered now not by way of his defiance of the Church yet through the hostility of up to date philosophers. Galileo's personal fantastically lucid arguments are utilized in this quantity to teach how his medical procedure used to be totally divorced from the Aristotelian method of physics; it used to be in response to a seek no longer for motives yet for legislation. Galileo's equipment had an overpowering importance for the advance of recent physics, and so they ended in a last parting of the methods among technology and philosophy. Now, during this striking and concise advent, Drake offers a stimulating view of Galileo's existence and works, delivering a clean point of view on Galileo's method and his ultimate incrimination.

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