The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question? and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $28.00
  • Save: $5.60 (20%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Case of Galileo: A Cl... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships direct from Amazon! Qualifies for Prime Shipping and FREE standard shipping for orders over $25. Overnight and 2 day shipping available!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question? Paperback – March 15, 2012


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$22.40
$22.37 $16.00

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$22.40 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question? + Science and Faith: A New Introduction
Price for both: $38.20

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268028915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268028916
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

An internationally known Galileo scholar, Annibale Fantoli is adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Victoria. An English edition of his biography Galileo: For Copernicanism and for the Church was published in 1994 by the Vatican Observatory and distributed by the University of Notre Dame Press. It has since reached a third edition and been translated into several languages.  

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter S. Bradley on September 21, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a book that anti-Catholics and Catholic apologists should read; both would learn something, or at least sharpen up their arguments.

This book is very sympathetic to Galileo's position. As a Catholic who has been savaged by anti-Catholics based on the Galileo incident, it is easy to transfer feelings of frustration from the anti-Catholic opportunists, who want to use a complicated "perfect storm" into a cudgel, to Galileo, who remained, after all, a devout Catholic.

Fantoli's narration captures Galileo as a first-rate thinker, scientist and humanist. Galileo's contributions are mythic and often ignored, but in reading Fantoli's book, I got a glimpse of what it must have been like to be alive at the moment. We cannot really imagine what it must have been like to go from a mental picture of the universe that had a fixed Earth surrounded by crystal spheres only a few hundred miles around the Earth on which the stars and planets moved. There was a live debate in the early 17th century about whether comets were actually an atmospheric phenomenon! Galileo's use of the telescope broke down that world view by showing that the astronomical realm was not perfect and unchanging, by showing sun spots and moons around Jupiter and the phases of Venus. The absence of parallax gestured at the idea that the stars were much farther away than they ever imagined.

It must have been disorienting.

Catholic apologists may place too much emphasis on the truth that Galileo did not "prove" Copernican heliocentrism. That is technically true, but it misses the point, according to Fantoli, that what Galileo really did was prove that the Aristotelian-Ptolemaic universe was obviously not true.
Read more ›
7 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question?
This item: The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question?
Price: $22.40
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com