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Galileo Galilei - When the World Stood Still

Authors: Naess, Atle

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"I, Galileo, son of the late Vincenzio Galilei, Florentine, aged seventy years ...kneeling before you Most Eminent and Reverend Lord Cardinals ...I abjure, curse, detest the aforesaid errors and heresies."

Galileo Galilei in Rome, 22 June 1633, before the men of the Inquisition.

In the small village of Arcetri, on a wooded hillside just south of Florence, an old man sat writing his will. He had to make a journey to Rome and wanted to be prepared for every eventuality. If the plague did not get him on the road, the strain of travelling might finish him off; in addition he had been ill most of the autumn, with dizziness, stomach pains and a serious hernia. And even if he survived these difficulties, and the cold winter wind from the Apennines did not give him pneumonia, he had no idea what awaited him in Rome, only that his arrival was unlikely to be celebrated with a special mass.

The mathematician and physicist Galileo Galilei is one of the most famous scientists of all times. The story of his life and times, of his epoch-making experiments and discoveries, of his stubbornness and pride, of his patrons in the house of Medici, of his enemies and friends in their struggle for truth - all is brought vividly to life in this book. Atle Næss has written a gripping account of one of the great figures in European history.
He was awarded the Brage Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Norway.

 

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Prologue: A Journey to Rome

    Pages 1-3

  • The Musician’s Son

    Pages 5-22

  • Signs in the Sky

    Pages 23-49

  • A New World

    Pages 51-75

  • Friendship and Power

    Pages 77-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Galileo Galilei - When the World Stood Still
Authors
Translated by
Anderson, J.
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-27054-6
DOI
10.1007/b138551
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-21961-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-06024-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 221
Additional Information
Original Norwegian edition published by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag AS, Oslo, 2001
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