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Galileo's Mistake: A New Look at the Epic Confrontation Between Galileo and the Church

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A provocative reexamination of one of the defining confrontations between science and religion, the historic conflict between Galileo and the Roman Catholic Church.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 9th 2004 by Arcade Publishing (first published July 16th 2003)
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Adam S. Rust
Apr 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Galileo's Mistake is essentially two books spliced into one. These books alternate back and forth between each other throughout the book. The first book is a sometimes intriguing exploration of the philosophical issues that were at stake in Galileo's heresy trial. This book is serviceable. The second book is a series of fictional dialogues between the author, an atheist, and a Catholic nun. This book is awful.

The first book's virtues can be addressed briefly. There are some fascinating discus
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Franz
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book provides a corrective to the commonplace idea that the Catholic Church took a blind and staunchly adversarial position against science during the 17th century. Looking at the documentary evidence and exploring the relationship between Galileo and the popes and cardinals of his day, Rowland takes a more sympathetic attitude towards the Church's position than do most historians and commentators. He argues that Galileo's heresy was not to claim the truth of the Copernican view of the cosm ...more
Tashagoodreads
May 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Pathetic. Replace science with faith as the only means to knowledge? Which of the 10000 religions will be THE fountain of knowledge? He also does not know much, if anything, about science.
Vance J.
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great look at a controversial issue. Interesting writing style, but very informative. Glad that I read it.
Fredrick Danysh
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, religion
The author breaks down the controversy between Galileo and the Catholic Church as a dispute between the scientific method and theology. He places Galileo's life in chronological order.
Norman Fellows
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Fascinating account of the trial and the Vatican's attempt to 'frame' Galileo in order to cling to a lie and the power of the Roman Catholic church.
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Wade Rowland is the author of more than a dozen books, including Galileo's Mistake, Spirit of the Web, and Ockham's Razor. He is a former holder of the Maclean Hunter Chair of Ethics in Communications at Ryerson University in Toronto and currently lectures in the social history of communications technologies at Trent University in Peterborough. He lives near Port Hope, Ontario, with his wife, Chri ...more
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