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First Heilbron has a very engaging writing style, with about one dry, droll irony per page.
The author seems most interested in proving his intellectual prowess with digressions into irrelevant material and frankly uninteresting material.
In closing I want to say that I think this is a truly great book in the history of science.
An erudite, witty tour of the times, life, and meaning of Galileo. Heilbron brings a career's worth of knowledge and insight to the task, and we get a richly evoked picture of a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert A. Rosenberg
I read mostly non-fiction and history and biographies are two of my favorite topics. I have read many books about Galileo, Newton, Einstein, various American presidents, and many... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Don
Such a pure heckling.
Galileo (2010) by J. L. Heilbron quotes original sources to allow Galileo to speak for himself in his controversy with the theology of his own... Read more
The author has no clue how to write for a general audience. He has clearly done an enormous amount of research but then presents it in convoluted and maddeningly obtuse ways. Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Neil K. Cadwallader
This is just pain to read through. The author, thorough and scholarly though he may be, just pukes a mass of detail into the page, without structuring it in any interesting way. Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by Devon Belcher
i was shocked at some of the careless typos in the book. here are two egregious examples...
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