Bolti ár: 8980 Ft
Internetes ár: 8082 Ft (10% kedvezmény)
Kiadás éve: 2011
Kiadó: Oxford University Press
Kategóriák: Természettudomány, Filozófia
Historical and scientific discussion of Galileo's main achievements
Includes discussion of Galileo's errors, in the first place, his theory of tides
Includes Galileo's understanding of oscillatory phenomena and connection with musical harmony
Historical description of Galileo's dramatic interaction with the Catholic hierarchies
Description of first truly scientific investigation of the skies and the fundamental discoveries
Emphasizes relevance of Galileo's message and thinking to today's life
Recalls basic pre-Galilean scientific misconceptions that keep surviving in modern times
You might know what is said about Galileo, but not many people know what Galileo himself actually said. His elusive and often misquoted discourse has resulted, over the years, in slurs against his name and reputation as a scientist. Let him speak then, so that he can bring to everyone's attention his message of reason, of intellectual honesty, and of free thinking. A message that, more than ever, is of great relevance in the rampant irrationality of the new millennium.
The exposition begins with a blunt 'self-portrait'. A 'forgery' of course, based mainly on extracts from Galileo's writings and private letters; something he would never have dared, nor been allowed, to write for the public. The selection of writings offered includes many of the subjects that were closest to Galileo's heart and mind with lively commentary from both the literary, scientific, and historical viewpoints. For those who want to know the mathematics behind Galileo's theories, each chapter closes with a separate self contained summary.
Thus Spoke Galileo will allow the reader to appreciate the work and the writing-style of a great scientist and author who had a tremendous influence on the modern world.
Readership: The style of the book is in between essay and popular science, the readership very broad, ranging from high school science teachers, high school and college students, to people interested in scientific writing and fundamental physical principles, people wishing to acquire an insight into a seminal figure and a concise yet comprehensive overview of his extraordinary achievements. The text could be used as a supplementary reading in history of science courses at a college level.
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