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Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe 1st Edition
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A number of points should probably be made justifying the 4 star rating. The editing is not perfect with a few errors creeping into the text most noticeably on the last page when the penultimate paragraph is repeated in a longer and shorter form. It would have been better, I think, to have see a few more of the available contemporary graphical illustrations of the physical and mathematical concepts being discussed, perhaps trading off some of the small portraits of the characters. The first few chapters, covering from the Greeks to the transmission of Greek texts through Arabic into Europe, read a bit like a cut and paste job. As soon as we settle into the story with Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas, the narrative structure begins to flesh out and Freely then reinforces his case by carefully following who was the student of whom forward into the beginning of Renaissance. This is probably the best feature of Freely's work and did make the general argument quite reasonable.Read more ›
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Good Information ... would be a good resource for an undergraduate classPublished 5 months ago by captainterry
A detailed history but a bit dry. Best to take one chapter at a time.Published 8 months ago by J. Goodman