Who Was Galileo

Author: Patricia Brennan Demuth
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698198852
Release Date: 2015-02-05
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Like Michelangelo, Galileo is another Renaissance great known just by his first name--a name that is synonymous with scientific achievement. Born in Pisa, Italy, in the sixteenth century, Galileo contributed to the era's great rebirth of knowledge. He invented a telescope to observe the heavens. From there, not even the sky was the limit! He turned long-held notions about the universe topsy turvy with his support of a sun-centric solar system. Patricia Brennan Demuth offers a sympathetic portrait of a brilliant man who lived in a time when speaking scientific truth to those in power was still a dangerous proposition. From the Trade Paperback edition.

I Galileo

Author: Bonnie Christensen
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780307974402
Release Date: 2012-06-12
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Acclaimed author-illustrator Bonnie Christensen adopts the voice of Galileo and lets him tell his own tale in this outstanding picture book biography. The first person narration gives this book a friendly, personal feel that makes Galileo's remarkable achievements and ideas completely accessible to young readers. And Christensen's artwork glows with the light of the stars he studied. Galileo's contributions were so numerous—the telescope! the microscope!—and his ideas so world-changing—the sun-centric solar system!—that Albert Einstein called him "the father of modern science." But in his own time he was branded a heretic and imprisoned in his home. He was a man who insisted on his right to pursue the truth, no matter what the cost—making his life as interesting and instructive as his ideas.

Life Of Galileo

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781408160916
Release Date: 2015-02-13
Genre: Drama

This Student Edition of Brecht's classic dramatisation of the conflict between free enquiry and official ideology features an extensive introduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion of the context, themes, characters, style and language as well as questions for further study and notes on words and phrases in the text. It is the perfect edition for students of theatre and literature Along with Mother Courage, the character of Galileo is one of Brecht's greatest creations, immensely live, human and complex. Unable to resist his appetite for scientific investigation, Galileo's heretical discoveries about the solar system bring him to the attention of the Inquisition. He is scared into publicly abjuring his theories but, despite his self-contempt, goes on working in private, eventually helping to smuggle his writings out of the country. As an examination of the problems that face not only the scientist but also the whole spirit of free inquiry when brought into conflict with the requirements of government or official ideology, Life of Galileo has few equals. Written in exile in 1937-9 and first performed in Zurich in 1943, Galileo was first staged in English in 1947 by Joseph Losey in a version jointly prepared by Brecht and Charles Laughton, who played the title role. Printed here is the complete translation by John Willett.

Galileo s Daughter

Author: Dava Sobel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802779656
Release Date: 2011-08-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Presents a biography of the scientist through the surviving letters of his illegitimate daughter Maria Celeste, who wrote him from the Florence convent where she lived from the age of thirteen.

Galileo

Author: David Wootton
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300170061
Release Date: 2010-10-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Galileo (1564–1642) is one of the most important and controversial figures in the history of science. A hero of modern science and key to its birth, he was also a deeply divided man: a scholar committed to the establishment of scientific truth yet forced to concede the importance of faith, and a brilliant analyst of the elegantly mathematical workings of nature yet bungling and insensitive with his own family. Tackling Galileo as astronomer, engineer, and author, David Wootton places him at the center of Renaissance culture. He traces Galileo through his early rebellious years; the beginnings of his scientific career constructing a “new physics” his move to Florence seeking money, status, and greater freedom to attack intellectual orthodoxies; his trial for heresy and narrow escape from torture; and his house arrest and physical (though not intellectual) decline. Wootton reveals much that is new—from Galileo’s premature Copernicanism to a previously unrecognized illegitimate daughter—and, controversially, rejects the long-established orthodoxy which holds that Galileo was a good Catholic. Absolutely central to Galileo’s significance—and to science more broadly—is the telescope, the potential of which Galileo was the first to grasp. Wootton makes clear that it totally revolutionized and galvanized scientific endeavor to discover new and previously unimagined facts. Drawing extensively on Galileo’s voluminous letters, many of which were self-censored and sly, this is an original, arresting, and highly readable biography of a difficult, remarkable Renaissance genius.

Galileo

Author: Clarice Swisher
Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 0737706708
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Examines the life and struggles of Galileo and discusses his many contributions in such areas as scientific research, physics, and astronomy.

Galileo Courtier

Author: Mario Biagioli
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226045609
Release Date: 1994-11-01
Genre: Science

Informed by currents in sociology, cultural anthropology, and literary theory, Galileo, Courtier is neither a biography nor a conventional history of science. In the court of the Medicis and the Vatican, Galileo fashioned both his career and his science to the demands of patronage and its complex systems of wealth, power, and prestige. Biagioli argues that Galileo's courtly role was integral to his science—the questions he chose to examine, his methods, even his conclusions. Galileo, Courtier is a fascinating cultural and social history of science highlighting the workings of power, patronage, and credibility in the development of science.

Galileo in Rome

Author: William R. Shea
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190292218
Release Date: 2004-10-21
Genre: Religion

Galileo's trial by the Inquisition is one of the most dramatic incidents in the history of science and religion. Today, we tend to see this event in black and white--Galileo all white, the Church all black. Galileo in Rome presents a much more nuanced account of Galileo's relationship with Rome. The book offers a fascinating account of the six trips Galileo made to Rome, from his first visit at age 23, as an unemployed mathematician, to his final fateful journey to face the Inquisition. The authors reveal why the theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun, set forth in Galileo's Dialogue, stirred a hornet's nest of theological issues, and they argue that, despite these issues, the Church might have accepted Copernicus if there had been solid proof. More interesting, they show how Galileo dug his own grave. To get the imprimatur, he brought political pressure to bear on the Roman Censor. He disobeyed a Church order not to teach the heliocentric theory. And he had a character named Simplicio (which in Italian sounds like simpleton) raise the same objections to heliocentrism that the Pope had raised with Galileo. The authors show that throughout the trial, until the final sentence and abjuration, the Church treated Galileo with great deference, and once he was declared guilty commuted his sentence to house arrest. Here then is a unique look at the life of Galileo as well as a strikingly different view of an event that has come to epitomize the Church's supposed antagonism toward science.

Galileo and the Scientific Revolution

Author: Laura Fermi
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486170022
Release Date: 2013-02-21
Genre: Science

An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as a biography, this book places particular emphasis on Galileo's experiments with telescopes and his observations of the sky.

Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo

Author: Galileo Galilei
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780385092395
Release Date: 1957
Genre: Philosophy

Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. His support of Copernican cosmology, against the Church's strong opposition, his development of a telescope, and his unorthodox opinions as a philosopher of science were the central concerns of his career and the subjects of four of his most important writings. Drake's introductory essay place them in their biographical and historical context.

Galileo

Author:
Publisher: Atheneum
ISBN: 0027352358
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Astronomers

Examines the life and discoveries of the noted mathematician, physicist, and astronomer, whose work changed the course of science.

Galileo

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802130593
Release Date: 1966
Genre: Drama

Dramatizes Galileo's conflict with the church over his assertion that the Earth revolves around the sun.

Galileo for Kids

Author: Richard Panchyk
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781613741887
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Biography of the man who invented the telescope and proved the earth revolves around the sun. Includes activities.

Galileo

Author: Paul Hightower
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 0766030083
Release Date: 2008-07-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

"A biography of seventeenth-century Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo and includes related activities for readers"--Provided by publisher.