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Galileo : Decisive Innovator

By Michael Sharratt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, June 1996
ISBN: 0521566711
MY HERO recommends this book to adult readers.
In this entertaining and authoritative biography, first published in 1994, Michael Sharratt examines the flair, imagination, hard-headedness, clarity, combativeness and penetrating intelligence of Galileo Galilei. To follow Galileo's career as he exploited unforeseen opportunities to unseat established ways of comprehending nature is to understand a crucial stage of the Scientific Revolution. Galileo was a pathbreaker for the newly-invented telescope, the decoder of nature's mathematical language and a quite brilliant popularizer of science. Even his reluctant excursion into theology has at last been officially and handsomely recognized by the Church's "rehabilitation" of the Inquisition's most famous victim, fully discussed in the last chapter. This book makes his lasting contributions accessible to nonscientists and his mistakes are not overlooked. This is not a mythical story, but the biography of an innovator—one of the greatest ever known.
User Reviews:
Madai Flores | 3/2/2006 10:27 AM
I would say   Galileo is a really great scientist because he discovered that the planets revolved around the sun.If we did not have him we would hardly figure out what is in space. He also invented the first kind of telescope, but he did not invent it. A telescope is the greatest science tool you could use in science. I like education and there is nothing wrong with it.

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