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Galileo Antichrist: A Biography
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0297848682, Hardcover)
A giant of science, Galileo's achievements allow him to be bracketed alongside Newton, Einstein, and Darwin. A devout Roman Catholic, his genius threw him into conflict with his Church and his refusal to back down turned him into a martyr for many. Here, bestselling author Michael White gets to grips with the man and the world he challenged. Both biography and exploration of a time when religious and scientific understanding had become deeply and dangerously intertwined, Galileo Antichrist traces the path that led to its subject's denunciation as a heretic. While it is perfectly possible to view Galileo's collision with the Catholic Church as near inevitable, White draws on evidence recently discovered in the Vatican archives to question the accepted reasons for his trial. In doing so he shows why Galileo became such a contentious figure that, centuries later, the Pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, felt driven to declare the process against the father of science as “reasonable and just.”
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"Galileo is one of a small group of historical figures known by first name alone, his achievements placing him amongst the giants of science: Darwin, Newton and Einstein. He was a crucial figure in the Scientific Revolution, for many, a martyr whose brilliance and stubbornness saw him crushed by the might of the Roman Catholic Church." "A talented artist and an accomplished musician, Galileo had once considered a career in the priesthood but died a victim of the Inquisition - an ailing, blind old man who whiled away his last days under house arrest, his works banned and his ideas suppressed throughout the Catholic world." "Michael White investigates the man and his work, placing both in the context of a time when religious and scientific understanding had become deeply and dangerously intertwined. Against the backdrop of the Counter Reformation and the Thirty Years' War, he traces the path that led to Galileo's denunciation as a heretic and finds the story tainted by evidence of conspiracy and cover-up." "Bullish, arrogant and supremely confident, Galileo spoke out when a more cautious man might have held his tongue, but White suggests that his adherence to Copernicanism was not the true reason he was dragged to Rome. In fact, White argues, he had stumbled on ideas of a much more dangerous nature - so dangerous that they threatened to shake the very foundations of Catholicism at a time when the Church was at its most vulnerable."--BOOK JACKET.
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