Having read a biography of Galileo Galilei several years ago, I was familiar with his life and his difficulties with the Catholic Church. I was pleased to see that portions of some of Galileo's works were shared in this book because it gave a taste of his writing. I was impressed to see just how clearly he wrote. The masses, as well as the professional, could understand his words.
In spite of his not finishing a degree, Galileo was a mathematician, a teacher, did scientific studies and wrote about them, loved art and poetry and was an accomplished lute player and composed music. The last two things are obvious because of his father's influence. It was fascinating that his father was so important to Italian opera.
Learning that physicians used astrology to deal with a patient's ailments was shocking. Another shocking item was the Church was upset with Galileo's teachings but not his lifestyle. I was surprised to see how prevalent it was for people to live without the benefit of marriage during that time of considerable religious fervor. Galileo had three illegitimate children.
I thought the book was interesting because it covered his early life, his theories, how he managed to avoid being burned at the stake for his ideas, his trial and his final years. Galileo led a rather remarkable life.
This is a good wrap on the life of a most interesting individual - upholding Captivating History's penchant for making history interesting and educational. There's some conjecture and assumptions on the great man's thoughts and actions - but that just adds to the readability. Interesting that, while he had an enquiring mind and was inventive - he sometimes got things totally wrong. In spite of his scientific mind he seems to have adhered to the all-encompassing influence of Catholicism. The Catholic church sure has (and continues to have) rather a lot to answer for....
Galileo was one of the most original thinkers of the 16th \ 17th century and one of the proponents of a heliocentric solar system at a time when to propose this brought you in opposition with the Inquisition. Yet he managed this for the majority of his life due to his good relationships with various Popes which allowed him to publish many works and expand scientific knowledge.
I found this enlightening and thoroughly enjoyed it.
A great read on one of the most important people in the science community of his time. But, his thinking had to be toned down because of conflict with the Catholic Church. This shows just how powerful the Church was in the scientific community. Nevertheless, his thinking was proven true & acknowledged centuries later. Outstanding job by Captivating History!
As a student of history I was amazed by how little I actually knew about Galileo. I discovered that what I knew a was only the tip of the iceberg of this great man. The book is full of insights of Galileo and other greats of history at that point in time. I look forward to reading more books of history from this publisher.
I found Galileo to be an extremely important figure and this book didn't disappoint. I knew a little about him from what I learned in school but this filled in the blanks of my understanding. Another great book by Captivating History.
This book was very interesting! There were many interesting facts that I was not aware of. It was presented in a way which the reading went really quick and I wanted more. I was sad when the book was completed but there was a lot of info.
Here's another excellent overview from the folks at Captivating History. I especially liked the sections on Galileo's earlier years, and the descriptions of other scientists of the period (putting Galileo's contributions in perspective).