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Twelve essays discuss the formative influences on Galileo's science and philosophy, the early work he did at Pisa, and his machines, mathematics, and experiments. The significance of certain Jesuit ideas for Galileo is analyzed, and questions related to his support for Copernicus and the value of his telescopic observations in particular are discussed in detail. Galileo's views on science and religion, the extent to which theology served as a foundation for his science, and whether or not there could ever be another Galileo case and trial are also considered. Two concluding chapters explore the popular images and various "myths" about Galileo as hero and martyr, along with a full discussion of the controversy over Galileo's burial in 1642. Paolo Galluzzi (director, Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence) recounts the subsequent long and complex history of attempts to erect a suitable tomb for Galileo, a story replete with political, theological, professional, and personal confrontations. Editor Machamer provides an informative introduction and brief chronology of Galileo's life. Interesting, informative, and indeed essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the nature and complexity of Galileo's life and science. Extensive bibliography. Excellent resource. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. J. W. Dauben; CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College
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