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|Genre/Form:||Early works to 1800|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Galileo Galilei; Stillman Drake
|Description:||viii, 301 p. : ill. ; 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 --
|Responsibility:||translated with an introduction and notes by Stillman Drake.|
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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