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Galileo Galilei - When the World Stood Still

von Naess, Atle   (Autor)

His biography of Galileo won the Brage Award for best Norwegian non-fiction book in 2001 The Norwegian edition has sold nearly 6000 copies Biographies as a genre are very popular

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His biography of Galileo won the Brage Award for best Norwegian non-fiction book in 2001 The Norwegian edition has sold nearly 6000 copies Biographies as a genre are very popular 

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Prologue: A journey to Rome 5 The musician's son 7 A gifted young Tuscan 11 To
Rome and the Jesuits 14 A Surveyor of Inferno 17 The spheres from the tower 19
From Pisa to Padua 22 Signs in the sky 24 De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium 28
Lecturer and designer 31 A professor's commitments 33 Modern physics is born 35
A new star in an unchanging sky? 38 Drawing close to a court 40 The balls fall
into place 43 The Roman style 45 The tube with the long perspective 47 A new
world 49 Jupiter's sons 53 Johann Kepler, Imperial Mathematician 56 Several
signs in the sky 60 Friendship and power 64 A dispute about objects that float
in water 68 Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon! 71 The letter to Castelli 74 "How
to go to heaven, not how the heavens go" 77 Foolish and absurd in philosophy,
formally heretical 80 The hammer of the heretics 83 Deaths and omens 86 Comets
portend disaster 91 Weighing the words of others on gold-scales 95 A marvellous
combination of circumstances 99 War and heresy 102 European power struggle and
Roman nephews 105 The old and the new 107 "An advantageous decree" 111 Two wise
men - and a third 113 The Inquisition's chambers 117 Diplomacy in the time of
the plague 122 An order from the top 126 "Nor further to hold, teach, or defend
it in any way whatsoever" 131 Convinced with reasons 135 "I, Galileo Galilei"
139 Eternity 143 A death and two new sciences 148 The meeting with infinity 152
"That universe ... is not any greater than the space I occupy" 156 Epilogue 159
Postscript 164 Appendix 166 Sources 167 Name Index 172 References 175 

Kritik

From the reviews: Most scientific biographies are written by scientists. This one isn't. And my goodness doesn't it show. The prose sings, the story flows effortlessly, and the exposition is refreshingly centred on humanitarian aspects. The character, lifestyle, social context, and motivation of the subject spring into life. The book is an absolute joy, not only for its insight into the accomplishments of one of the world's greatest scientists, but also for its historic review of the scientific turmoil caused by relegating planet Earth from its religious and philosophical position at the centre of the cosmos to its present-day role as a rather insignificant member of the Sun's family of eight planets. The Observatory: a review of astronomy, vol. 126, no. 1190, p. 55 (Feb. 2006) [by David W. Hughes]. [...] Naess weaves an excellent account of the story of Galileo. Addressed to the sophisticated general reader, it is an account that is alive, articulate, and well constructed, and one that provides the important larger context that surrounds the drama itself. This reviewer recommends it highly to anyone interested in a succinct and comprehensive look at the "saga" of Galileo. MAA Online book review columne, Alexander J. Hahn, October 2005 The complete review can be found here: (...) [...] Atle Naess knows how to write a readable book. He wastes no time on padding. He weaves the history, the personalities and the technicalities together expertly, with a sure eye for an interesting detail and an ability to cut through the myths, propaganda and speculation that surround the Galileo case. [...] The aim of the book is a short introduction to introduce the man and whet the appetite for his ideas. It is a resounding success. by James Franklin, Univ of New South Wales, Sydney Gazette, The Australian Mathematical Society, Volume 32, Number 4, 2005, "The mathematician and physicist Galileo Galilei is one of the most famous scientists of all time. The story of his life and times ... is brought vividly to life in this book. Atle Næss has written a gripping account of one of the great figures in European history." ((...), September 12, 2005) "Not too many biographies of great scientists are as felicitously written as this new one ... . a delightful read but ... is as historically accurate as one would hope. ... very adequately referenced. ... The translation into english is excellent. This book brought home to me the full extent ... . Anyone with an interest in the life and times of Galileo will adore this new account ... . It is beautifully printed, attractively bound ... . Highly recommended." (Australian Physics, Vol. 42 (2), May/June, 2005) "I found this book fascinating. Much of the argument ... revolves around the famous trial of Galileo for heresy in 1633. ... The background of the build up to the trial with all the necessary detail is handled in a masterly manner ... . There are 13 pages of index and references which will allow the assiduous reader to delve further into the scientific life of seventeenth century Italy - a journey well worth making ... a book worth buying." (M. L. Perkins, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 90 (518), 2006) "Galileo Galilei was not only one of the most outstanding 16th century scientists, but he also suffered for the last nine years of his life ... . This biography deals with both these aspects, making full use of recent historical research. Altogether is presents a rounded picture of his life in a highly readable account." (Mathematika, Vol. 52, 2005) "Galileo Galilei was not only one of the most outstanding 16th century scientists, but he also suffered for the last nine years of his life ... . This biography deals with both these aspects, making full use of recent historical research. Altogether it presents a rounded picture of his life in a highly readable account." (Mathematika, Vol. 52, 2005) 

Autoreninfo

The author was born in 1949. He studied language and literature at Oslo University and worked for some years as a teacher at various levels before becoming an independent writer of novels and non-fiction. Among his books is a novel about the Italian painter Caravaggio, translated into English under the title "Doubting Thomas" [in German as "Caravaggio's Flucht"]. His biography of Galileo won the Brage Award for best Norwegian non-fiction book in 2001. Næss' most recent work is a biography of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. 

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Springer-Verlag GmbH

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Naess, Atle

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Erschienen: Februar 2006
Auflage: 2005
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ISBN-13: 9783540270546

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