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Published: 22 February 2001

160 Pages | halftones and drawings


ISBN: 9780192854568

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Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

Stillman Drake

Very Short Introductions

  • Galileo is the best known figure in the history of astronomy — known for his insistence that the sun, rather than the earth, is the centre of the solar system, and for being the first person to use a telescope to observe the heavens
  • His work was also of huge importance in providing the basis for modern physics
  • Stillman Drake was one of the most important authorities on Galileo's work, and translated many of his scientific writings
  • Controversial views about the causes of Galileo's trial and condemnation by the Inquisition