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.

Who Was Galileo Galilei

Author: Tanya Turner
ISBN: 1986369722
Release Date: 2018-03-11

Do you know who Galileo Galilei was? Why was he referred to as the Father of Modern Science? Galileo Galilei, a man simply known as Galileo, was one of the most important people of science. He did many studies which helped in the development of astronomy, physics, mathematics, philosophy, and more. He invented his own version of a telescope that enabled him to observe the planets and stars. Galileo discovered that it was the planets that move around the sun and not the other way around which many people believed at that time. Learn more about Galileo Galilei biography for kids with "Who Was Galileo Galilei?" and discover more fascinating information about him.


Author: James Reston, Jr.
Publisher: Beard Books
ISBN: 158798251X
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A suspenseful narrative and spiritive rendition of the life of Galileo.


Author: John L. Heilbron
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191625022
Release Date: 2010-10-14
Genre: Science

Just over four hundred years ago, in 1610, Galileo published the Siderius nuncius, or Starry Messenger, a 'hurried little masterpiece' in John Heilbron's words. Presenting to the world his remarkable observations using the recently invented telescope - of the craters of the moon, and the satellites of Jupiter, observations that forced changes to perceptions of the perfection of the heavens and the centrality of the Earth - the appearance of the little book is regarded as one of the greatest moments in the history of science. It was also a point of change in the life of Galileo himself, propelling him from professor to prophet. But this is not the biography of a mathematician. Certainly he spent the first half of his career as a professor of mathematics and has been called 'the divine mathematician'. Yet he was no more (or less) a mathematician than he was a musician, artist, writer, philosopher, or gadgeteer. This fresh lively new biography of the 'father of science' paints a rounded picture of Galileo, and places him firmly within the rich texture of late Renaissance Florence, Pisa, and Padua, amid debates on the merits of Ariosto and Tasso, and the geometry of Dante's Inferno - debates in which the young Galileo played an active role. Galileo's character and career followed complex paths, moving from the creative but cautious humanist professor to a 'knight errant, quixotic and fearless', with increasing enemies, and leading ultimately and inevitably to a clash with a pope who was a former friend.


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.

Who Was Isaac Newton

Author: Janet Pascal
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698187252
Release Date: 2014-10-30
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Isaac Newton was always a loner, preferring to spend his time contemplating the mysteries of the universe. When the plague broke out in London in 1665 he was forced to return home from college. It was during this period of so much death, that Newton gave life to some of the most important theories in modern science, including gravity and the laws of motion.

Reason and Wonder

Author: Charles David Pruett
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313399190
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Religion

In this enlightening and provocative exploration, Dave Pruett sets out a revolutionary new understanding of our place in the universe, one that reconciles the rational demands of science with the deeper tugs of spirituality.

The Handy Philosophy Answer Book

Author: Naomi Zack
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
ISBN: 9781578592852
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Genre: Philosophy

Combining a basic history of philosophical thought with the often quirky personal stories of famous philosophers, this comprehensive introduction to the world of philosophy answers more than 1,000 questions, ranging from What was the Enlightenment? to Why did the Pythagorians avoid fava beans? Analyzing the collective effort of philosophers throughout history in the pursuit of truth and wisdom, the guide explores the tangible significance of philosophical thought to modern society and civilization as a whole. With a wide range of information suitable for various knowledge bases—from junior high to junior college—this is an ideal resource for anyone looking to get a better grasp of the history of thought.


Author: Amir Alexander
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780745336
Release Date: 2014-03-07
Genre: Science

On August 10, 1632, five leading Jesuits convened in a sombre Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a simple idea: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The doctrine would become the foundation of calculus, but on that fateful day the judges ruled that it was forbidden. With the stroke of a pen they set off a war for the soul of the modern world. Amir Alexander takes us from the bloody religious strife of the sixteenth century to the battlefields of the English civil war and the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes. The legitimacy of popes and kings, as well as our modern beliefs in human liberty and progressive science, hung in the balance; the answer hinged on the infinitesimal. Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal will forever change the way you look at a simple line.


Author: Tim McNeese
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 9781438104171
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Galileo was an Italian mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. He is also noted for being the first to study the skies with a refracting telescope. In one year - 1610 - he made major discoveries relating to the moon, Milky Way, Jupiter's four large moons, sunspots, and the phases of Venus.

Eyes on the Skies

Author: Govert Schilling
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9783527657056
Release Date: 2011-12-07
Genre: Science

Adopted as the official book of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, this stunningly illustrated history of telescopic discovery spans the range from the first telescopes via the Hubble Space Telescope to next generation platforms, and how they have changed and continue to change our view of the universe, our place in it and where it all came from. EYES ON THE SKIES features numerous full-page photographs and is printed in high-quality color throughout. Also includes the official IYA DVD with 59 minutes of narrated text, expert comments and interviews, animations, computer simulations, science results, plus footage from observatories.

The Nature of Social Laws

Author: Robert Brown
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 0521338298
Release Date: 1986-08-14
Genre: Philosophy

This volume is a study of the development of the idea that human social behaviour is governed by laws comparable to the laws of natural science. The author sets out to provide a clear account of the arguments put forward from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries about the nature and possibility of social laws. Although analytical rather than historical in approach, the discussions are always informed by a knowledge of the relevant context and sufficient detail is provided to characterise the views in question accurately. The critical expositions of the views are presented elegantly and succinctly, in a way which reveals their bearing on the problems involved - problems which are still the subject of lively debate today. The book, which is written with great clarity and balance, will be of interest to students and specialists in the history of ideas, philosophy, law, religion and the histories and methodologies of the different social sciences.