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Renaissance Genius: Galileo Galilei & His Legacy to Modern Science

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Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei first used the telescope to gaze at the heavens. In honor of that anniversary, as well as the international year of astronomy, this lavishly illustrated volume celebrates Galileo’s life and work.

Written by internationally renowned BBC science correspondent Dr. David Whitehouse—the world’s most cited science journalist—Renaissance Gen
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Sterling (first published 2009)
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Carrie Lindsey
Mar 08, 2010 Carrie Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Well written and easy to read with many captivating illustrations, Galileo's life was recorded without the tedium and boredom that accompany so many historical biographies. The author was able to take the highs and lows of Galileo's life and weave them together with historical facts to form a seemingly accurate picture of the tempestuous beginnings of the scientific revolution. Galileo's insistence on using experiments to prove truth regarding nature was a threat to the controlling powers of the ...more
Kbord
Feb 18, 2010 Kbord rated it liked it
Recommends it for: casual historians
This book gave me a greater appreciation for Galileo. I never knew what a large influence his father's musical experimentation by observation had on his life. I also never knew just how badly he was treated at the low points of his life.

It made me laugh that his dad told him (or was it he told his son?) not to be an artist because there's no money in it. That's been the saying for over 400 years now.

It's an enjoyable book. In my mind, I was continually trying to compare Galileo's timeline to his
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Terry
Aug 26, 2010 Terry rated it really liked it
This gorgeously designed book is so visually compelling that it's easy to forget that it's a serious biography of Galileo written by a doctorate in astrophysics. Whitehouse begins with Galileo’s father Vincenzo, a musician who warns his son against becoming a starving artist. From him, Galileo learns methods of inquiry and observation, assisting with his father’s musical experiments, but – more importantly – Galileo learns to question authority.

The book traces Galileo’s myriad accomplishments –
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Michael Bond
Dec 31, 2014 Michael Bond rated it really liked it
A nice, casual review of Galileo's life and work. It has plenty of attractive, color illustrations. There are many 3D-rendered computer graphics that were intended to portray the astronomical concepts in the book, but they are not usually all that helpful. It looked like someone just enjoyed playing with their 3D software. Anyway, the book flows nicely.
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