- Series: Hackett Classics
- Paperback: 380 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 1 Edition edition (September 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0872209377
- ISBN-13: 978-0872209374
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In some of the more abstruse sections, where his reasoning became for me quite hard to follow, one is still impressed with the enthusiasm and rigor of his mind. Even in places where his analysis later proved to be incorrect--such as his thoughts on the nature of comets and on the causes of ocean tides--one can't help but acknowledge the sophistication of his arguments. I, for one, would have been entirely unable to refute them!
Some sections will appeal to you more than others, I'm sure, but if you love the history of science and its greatest practitioners, then i would highly recommend this book. And if Galileo wasn't a hero of yours before reading it, he'll probably be one afterwards.
The epoch of religious domination by humans, over humans, has been over for centuries. And should never have been allowed to prosper. To this day organized religion continues to inflict grave punishment across the globe.
Reading this book (and other original historical books) is invaluable for anyone wanting to enjoy how our understanding of the universe has evolved over the centuries. It is fascinating to read the same words Galileo wrote (an English translation though!) now that more than 400 years have passed from those nights that he made his observations. We learn so much in hindsight. As the introduction says, Galileo was also an exceptional Italian writer, if only I knew Italian to enjoy the actual words he used and benefit as he would have wanted me (a reader) to benefit from it.