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

Praise for Galileo's Mistake:

"...fresh and compelling."
Vancouver Sun

"Well-presented scientific history with an interesting philosophical twist"
Kirkus Reviews

"Rowland's is an audacious position"
The New York Times

"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."
Montreal Gazette

"I recommend it strongly. Rowland tells the story well and with style and...backed by serious research and sensitivity to the issues. The history is embedded in a modern-day travelogue, interspersed with musings about the meaning of life."
The Globe and Mail

"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."
Publishers Weekly

"An excellent mixture of science and philosophy."
David Pitt, Bookloons

"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."

"Galileo's Mistake has the lazy ease of a multi-course Italian dinner, at once relaxing and enriching".
Robert Wiersema, Quill & Quire

"...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."
B. J. Hodgson, PhD, Trent University Faculty of Philosophy

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

by Wade Rowland

The Star-Ledger book review of Galileo's Mistake - A New Look at the Epic Confrontation between Galileo and the Church by Wade Rowland

Star - Ledger Book Review of Galileo's Mistake

Review by Nan Goldberg
Star - Ledger newspaper

Wade Rowland, author of the acclaimed "Ockham's Razor," focuses on what he calls "one of the defining narratives of modern Western culture": the 1633 trial for heresy and conviction of Galileo Galilei, an astronomer and mathematician.

The confrontation between the scientist and the Catholic Church marked a turning point from "the Age of Faith to the Age of Reason - from an era of religion and spirituality to an epoch of science and materialism."

Galileo's heretical insistence that the Earth revolves around the sun was ultimately proved to be true - an ending to the story, Rowland points out, that supports certain contemporary moral judgments, such as "the supreme power and validity of reason" and "the dangers and arbitrariness of religious authority."

But Rowland wonders: What if Western culture got the science right but the moral lessons wrong? If scientific knowledge is not necessarily a virtue, then we have to rethink the way we have allowed advances in science to dictate how we live ourselves.

Book review by Star - Ledger Newark, NY

The New York Times Book Review of Galileo's Mistake - Books of the Times Review

"Rowland's is an audacious position... in 1992 the church itself admitted that it had erred in condemming Galileo. As headlines mockingly put it at the time, the Vatican had finally acknowledged that the Earth revolved around the Sun. But to Mr. Rowland such descriptions trvialize the real issues at stake in the conflict, namely the essential nature of the universe and which sphere - science or faith - can better grasp it."

Book review by Michael Massing, The New York Times - Books of the Times Book Review

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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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