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

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


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The modern understanding of the notorious 1633 trial of Galileo is that of Science and Reason persecuted by Ignorance and Superstition of Galileo as a lonely, courageous freethinker oppressed by a reactionary and anti-intellectual institution fearful of losing its power and influence. But is this an accurate picture?

In his provocative reexamination of one of the turning points in the history of science and thought, Wade Rowland contends that the dispute concerned an infinitely more profound question: What is truth and how can we know it? Rowland demonstrates that Galileo s mistake was to insist that science and only science provides the truth about reality. The Church rejected this idea, declaring that while science is valid, truth is a metaphysical issue beyond physics and it involves such matters as meaning and purpose, which are unquantifiable and therefore not amenable to scientific analysis. In asserting the primacy of science on the territory of truth, Galileo strayed into the theological realm, an act that put him squarely on a warpath with the Church. The outcome would change the world. Wade Rowland s thoughtful exploration promises to disarm the most stubborn of skeptics and make for scintillating debate.

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

Author Name: ROWLAND, Wade

Categories: Science, Mathematics, Technical, Biography & Autobiography, Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy, Metaphysics,

Edition: First Printing This Edition

Publisher: New York, Arcade Publishing: 2012

ISBN Number: 1611451566

ISBN Number 13: 9781611451566

Binding: Card Wrappers

Book Condition: As New

Type: Trade Paperback

Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Weight: 1.00

Seller ID: 041302

Description: A new look at the epic confrontation between Galileo [1564-1642] and the Roman Catholic Church in Italy. 298 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm. An about'as new' copy - bright, fresh and unmarked with a tight, square binding, no spine creasing. Bright, unmarked wrappers. Unpacked weight, 401g. We ship Worldwide, at cost, using both Canada Post and the United States Postal Service, and offer postal charges without overcharging. Canadian domestic postal rates rise with weight, size and distance; Rates to the USA calculated by weight alone as per the USPS. World rates based on specific destination and weight. Online estimates by the Listing Site may not be correct and either additional, or reduced postage may be required, particularly for Canadian and Overseas shipments, but not usually to the USA.