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Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo

Drake, Stillman (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0385092393 / ISBN 13: 9780385092395
Published by Anchor, N.Y., 1957
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One strong impression that comes out of these 302 pages (incl. INDEX) is the tightness of the bons that existed between philosophy and science, but also between these and the church and the wealthy and powerful families. CONTAINS four works originally published in the 1610 to 1623 period and entitled : `The Starry Messenger', `Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina', `Letters on Sunspots', and `The Assayer'. The first of these has a handful of b/w drawings to explain the TEXT. Translated by Stillman Drake. LEARN more about : epicycles, Sarsi, infidels, Cosimo Boscaglia, aether, Cardinal Bellarmine, semirotation, Apelles, parallax, Dog Star, and the Lincean Academy. Cond ; Paper wrapper is copper coloured wirth white lettering. Front cover graphic is from a painting of Galileo by Leoni. CORNERS, edges, and spine are ALL crispy !! No names, marks, creases, tears, stains, nor bumps. Colours bright, binding tight !! Giftable !! Quote (p. 129) : " . some particulars about the moon; but I find Apelle's opinion in these things contrary to mine, as it is in various arguments and replies relating to things I wrote in the first letter addressed to Your Excellency. Because of my esteem for their author, I must not pass . .". Bookseller Inventory # 004874

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Title: Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo

Publisher: Anchor, N.Y.

Publication Date: 1957

Binding: Soft cover

Illustrator: B/W Diagrams

Book Condition:Fine +

Edition: Later

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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.

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Galileo Galilei's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is one of the most important scientific treatises ever written. Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one, proving, for the first time, that the earth revolves around the sun.

Stillman Drake (1910–1993) was emeritus professor of the history of science at the University of Toronto. His many translations and scholarly works on Galileo include Galileo at Work and Cause, Experiment, and Science, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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