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Discoveries and opinions of Galileo : including The starry messenger (1610), Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina (1615), and excerpts from Letters on sunspots (1613), the assayer (1623)

Author: Galileo Galilei; Stillman Drake
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. His support of Copernican cosmology, against the Church's strong opposition, his development of a telescope, and his unorthodox opinions as a philosopher of science were the central concerns of his career and the subjects of four of his most important writings. Drake's introductory  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Galileo Galilei; Stillman Drake
ISBN: 0385092393 9780385092395
OCLC Number: 21041766
Description: viii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: first part --
The starry messenger --
Introduction: second part --
Letters on sunspots --
Introduction: third part --
Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina --
Introduction: fourth part --
Excerpts from The Assayer --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: translated with an introduction and notes by Stillman Drake.

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Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. His support of Copernican cosmology, against the Church's strong opposition, his development of a telescope, and his unorthodox opinions as a philosopher of science were the central concerns of his career and the subjects of four of his most important writings. Drake's introductory essay place them in their biographical and historical context.
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