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Galileo: The Genius Who Faced the…

Galileo: The Genius Who Faced the Inquisition (World History Biographies) (2005)

by Philip Steele, National Geographic

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I thought Galileo was a great biography for children. I really enjoyed the illustrations. The illustrations varied from historical paintings to maps of Italy to show were he had lived and been. I thought the illustrations really helped me understand more about Galileo. I also really enjoyed the writing. It was very organized and understandable. For example, the beginning of the book starts with the birth of Galileo and it ends with his death. I also really liked how on the bottom of each page, there was a timeline. I felt like this gave me a better sense of the time period and when these different events were happening. The main idea of this book is to educate young readers about Galileo. ( )
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Galileo made the first effective use of the refracting telescope to discover important new facts about astronomy. His observations led him to support Copernicus's claim that Earth and the other planets circled the sun. This conflicted with the teachings of the Catholic Church, and brought Galileo before the judges of the Inquisition. He spent his final years under house arrest.

Galileo's genius lay in the way he approached scientific problems. He reduced problems to simple terms on the basis of experience and common-sense logic. Then he analyzed and resolved the problems according to simple mathematical descriptions, thus opening the way for the development of modern mathematical physics.

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Discusses the childhood, education, interests, and inventions of Galileo, as well as how his studies led to conflict with the Catholic church.

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