The Essential Galileo

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"Edited and translated by Maurice A. Finocchiaro, an international authority on Galileo, this collection makes available to scholars and students an excellent and extensive selection of Galileo's key works from his early career to the end of his life--some in toto and some represented by key selections. It presents not only Galileo's most famous works but also a range of less-known texts as well as an excellent selection of the documents from the trial of 1633 and from the 1616 condemnation of Copernicus. In addition to the breadth and quality of the selections, this volume is particularly attractive to students and instructors thanks to Finocchiaro's expert and up-to-date introductions, biographical sketch, chronology, annotated bibliography, and glossary. This is a must for anyone teaching or studying Galileo, the scientific revolution, and the relationship between science and religion." --Mario Biagioli, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
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Maurice A. Finocchiaro is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Publisher
Hackett Publishing
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Pages
390
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ISBN
9781603843584
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / General
History / Renaissance
Science / History
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 Galileo Galilei, the Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher and mathematician, played a major role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. His discoveries with the telescope revolutionised astronomy and paved the way for the acceptance of the Copernican heliocentric system, while his formulation of the law of falling bodies and parabolic trajectories marked the beginning of a fundamental change in the study of motion. This comprehensive eBook presents Galileo’s collected works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Galileo’s life and works

* New introductions, specially written for this collection, by Professor Kenneth Richard Seddon, OBE (QUILL, The Queen’s University of Belfast)

* Features Galileo’s major works, with individual contents tables

* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Features four biographies - discover Galileo’s intriguing life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


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CONTENTS:


The Books

THE STARRY MESSENGER

LETTER TO THE GRAND DUCHESS CHRISTINA

DISCOURSE ON FLOATING BODIES

DIALOGUE CONCERNING THE TWO CHIEF WORLD SYSTEMS

DISCOURSES AND MATHEMATICAL DEMONSTRATIONS RELATING TO TWO NEW SCIENCES


The Biographies

LIFE OF GALILEO by Sir David Brewster

THE TRIAL OF GALILEO by A. Mézières

GALILEO by Robert S. Ball

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: GALILEO GALILIEI


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