Galileo's Mistake - A New Look at the Epic Confrontation between Galileo and the Church by Wade Rowland

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"Rowland's triumph is in examining Galileo's method over his facts and winning an argument that was lost more than 350 years ago. His book provides a fascinating contribution to a debate that is particularly germane today and is likely to be equally important 300 years from now."
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"Rowland does an impressive job of bringing the 17th century to life...he builds a compelling case that Galileo and the Church differed over something far more important than whether the earth revolved around the sun-they differed on the very nature of truth and how mortals can come to know it."
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"Galileo's Mistake is a lofty and ambitious philosophical exploration, and Rowland's considerable gifts as a writer make the book pleasurable and captivating. Rowland skilfully weaves history, biography, science writing, and philosophical overviews into the comfortable familiarity of a travel narrative."

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"...a superb ambitious, even heroic, interpretation of the Galileo-Church controversy. Rowland has included a wonderfully accurate, exquisitely painted presentation of the political, cultural, and historical setting in which the Galileo-Church debate finds a clearly natural location."
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Galileo's Mistake: A New Look at the Epic Confrontation between Galileo and the Church

by Wade Rowland


Chapter 1

Chapter 2
o An Unavailing Wall o Pope Paul V o A Time of Crisis o Doctrinal Revolutions

Chapter 3
A Message o A Dialogue at Dinner o Science's Motives o On Curiosity o A Negotiation

Chapter 4
The Baroque and Naturalism o Galileo as Art Critic o Number and Beauty o The Pythagoreans and the Reduction of Quality to Quantity

Chapter 5
Galileo the Aquarian o Ptolemy's World o Comets and Supernova o Kepler's Genius o The Uses of Hypotheses

Chapter 6
Young Galileo o The Studies in Motion o The Experimental Method o A Visit to Pisa

Chapter 7
Ferrara and Copernicus o The Reluctant Revolutionary o Challenging Aristotle o A Stimulating Meeting

Chapter 8
The Stagerite o The Primacy of Mind o The Good o Deductive Science

Chapter 9
Aristotle's Influence o A Question of Infinity o Copernican Caution: Saving the Appearances

Chapter 10
The Padua Years o The Telescopic Discoveries o The Lure of the Medici o The Jesuits o Rumours of Reaction

Chapter 11
In the Medician Court o The Phases of Venus o Sunspot Disputes o Triumph in Rome o Cardinal Bellarmine

Chapter 12
Bruno's Heresy o An Infinite Universe o Aristotle's Impact o The Struggles of Aquinas o The Return of Pythagoras

Chapter 13
Storm Warnings o Cardinal Barberini o The Conflict is Joined: Letter to Christina o Bellarmine's Response

Chapter 14
Under Attack o A Dangerous Mission o Barberini's Argument o Defeat in Rome o The Warning

Chapter 15
A Dialogue in Venice o On Science's Successes o The Nature of Knowledge

Chapter 16
Further Dialogue in Venice o Science and Faith o Faith and Reality o The Nature of Progress

Chapter 17
On the Lido o The Problem of Objectivity o Reasoning's Recursive Nature o The Map and the Territory o An Unfortunate Outburst

Chapter 18
At Santa Maria Maggiore o Galileo's Conservatism o Kepler's Heterodoxy o A Remarkable Fresco

Chapter 19
A Scientific Testament o Models of the World o The Paradox of Empiricism

Chapter 20
Pope Urban VIII o Intimations of Change o Galileo's Dialogue o The Suppression o A Summons from the Inquisition

Chapter 21
An Enigmatic Pope o A Mass in St. Peter's o A Chance Encounter

Chapter 22 A Remarkable City o History's Parochialism o An Uncomplicated Man o The Motives of Pontiffs

Chapter 23
A Dialogue in Vatican City o Galileo's Rehabilitation o ŚLearned Ignorance' o The Puzzle of the Abjuration

Chapter 24
The Final Journey to Rome o The Inquisition o The Denial o The Confession o The Sentence

Chapter 25
Traces of the Past o The Collegio Romano o The Minerva o The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Chapter 26
The Judgement and Abjuration o The Unspoken Issues

Chapter 27
The Aftermath o Return to Arcetri o Discourses on Two New Sciences o A Visit from Hobbes o Milton's Tribute

Chapter 28
On the Road to Florence o Galileo's Tomb o Human Happiness o Science and Number o Limits to Scientific Knowledge o An Unfinished Journey

Galileo's Mistake:
Title: Galileo's Mistake
Subtitle: A New Look at the Epic Confrontation between Galileo and the Church
Author: Wade Rowland
Publication Date: July 2003
ISBN: 1559706848
Hardcover: 320 pages
List Price: $25.95 US
Publisher: Arcade Publishing

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