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Galileo and the Magic Numbers Hardcover – June, 1958
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Sixteenth century Italy produced a genius who marked the world with his studies and hypotheses about mathematical, physical and astronomical truths. His father, musician Vincenzio Galilei said, -Truth is not found behind a man-s reputation. Truth appears only when the answers to questions are searched out by a free mind. This is not the easy path in life but it is the most rewarding.- Galileo challenged divine law and the physics of Aristotle, and questioned everything in search of truths. And it was on this quest for truth that he was able to establish a structure for modern science.
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Published by Little, Brown, & Co. in 1958. This publishing house can be relied upon for quality children's literature prior to 1968, when purchased by Time, Inc.
Independent read for grades 4/5 - 12, best at grades 6-10 plus, but still a great read for adults interested in Galileo. Wonderful book for reading aloud as well, to grades 3 - 6/7. Would do well as an audio-book if reprinted. Great candidate for reprinting !!
The author included conversations between the Galilei family and their friends to make the book seem less like a timeline. The father and the mother of Galileo had arguments over Galileo's education, Galileo lectured about the position of the Earth going around the sun, and Michalangelo, Galileo's younger brother, promised to repay him multiple times.
This book showed how smart Galileo was. His first invention he figured out when he was bored and swinging a pendulum back and forth and deciding to time it using his pulse as a timer. Gallileo's teachers even admittred that sometimes he would tell them that they were wrong or that they did thier math wrong. Galileo went to Venice and they gave him a salary of three times the amount that he recieved at the Univeresity of Pisa just to hear his opinions on certain things.
This book shows the concerns and the little amount known about space around 1600. Galileo was the fist person to realize that the moon was not smooth like a marble, that Jupiter and Saturn had moons, and that the sun had spots that dissapeared after a while.
This book is a great choice for older children and teens who want to learn more about a person who spoke his mind and became a famous scientist.