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Published: 09 February 2012

480 Pages | drawings and diagrams by Galileo


ISBN: 9780199583690

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William R. Shea and Mark Davie

Oxford World's Classics

  • The first entirely new translation of Galileo's major writings for more than fifty years.
  • Includes selections from all Galileo's important writings on science and his astronomical discoveries: a virtually complete text of his first bestseller, A Sidereal Message, a substantial part of his masterpiece, the Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems, and extracts from the Letters on the Sunspots, The Assayer, and the Two New Sciences.
  • All Galileo's contributions to the debate on science and religion, including the letters to Benedetto Castelli and the Grand Duchess Christina, and Galileo's notes which were unpublished in his lifetime.
  • The key documents from Galileo's trial before the Inquisition in 1633.
  • Mark Davie's new translations capture both the clarity and attractive vigour of Galileo's prose.
  • Galileo scholar William R. Shea's introduction gives a clear, lively overview of Galileo's career and achievements.
  • Notes explain the scientific and philosophical background, enabling the reader to understand Galileo's arguments in the context of their time.