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Published: 07 June 2001

152 Pages | 22 halftones & line illus

ISBN: 9780192854568

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Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

Stillman Drake

A Oxford Paperbacks Publication

Very Short Introductions

  • Provides a stimulating view of Galileo's life and works and a fresh perspective on Galileo's methodology and his final incrimination
  • 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
  • Uses Galileo's own beautifully lucid arguments 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