Retrying Galileo, 1633–1992

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University of California Press, Oct 17, 2007 - Religion - 485 pages
"This is must reading for historians of science and a delight for the interested public. From his access to many primary sources in the Vatican Library and from his broad knowledge of the history of the 17th century, Finocchiaro acquaints readers in an interesting manner with the historical facts of Galileo's trial, its aftermath, and its repercussions. Unlike many other works which present predetermined and, at times, prejudiced judgments, this work provides exhaustive evidence to allow readers to develop their own informed opinion on the subject.”—George V. Coyne, Director, Vatican Astronomical Observatory

“The tragic condemnation of Galileo by the Roman Catholic Church in 1633 has become the single most potent symbol of authoritarian opposition to new ideas. Pioneering in its scope, Finocchiaro's book provides a fascinating account of how the trial and its cultural significance have been freshly reconstructed by scholars and polemicists down the ages. With a philosopher's eye for fine distinctions, the author has written an exciting commentary on the successive appearance of new primary sources and their exploitation for apologetic and secular purposes.”—John Hedley Brooke, author of Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives

"If good history begins with good facts, then Retrying Galileo should be the starting point for all future discussions of the post-trial phase of the Galileo affair. Maurice Finocchiaro's myth-busting documentary history is not only a repository of little-known sources but a pleasure to read as well.”—Ronald L. Numbers, co-editor of When Christianity and Science Meet

Retrying Galileo tells the less well-known half of the Galileo affair: its long and complex history after 1633. Finocchiaro has performed an invaluable service in writing a book that explores how the trial and condemnation of Galileo has been received, debated, and reinterpreted for over three and a half centuries. We are not yet done with this contentious story.”—Paula E. Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History and Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program, Stanford University
 

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Contents

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1
The Condemnation of Galileo 1633
7
Promulgation and Diffusion of the News 16331651
26
Viviani Auzout Leibniz 16541704
86
Mythmaking or Enlightenment?
108
Incompetence or Enlightenment?
126
New Lies Documents Myths Apologies 17581797
154
Napoleonic Wars and Trials 18101821 I 75
175
A Miscarriage of Justice?
241
Tricentennial Rehabilitation 19411947
275
The Paschini Affair 19411979 3 18
318
Pope John Paul II 19791992
338
Unfinished Business
359
NOTES
367
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
429
INDEX
467

O The Inquisition on Galileos Side?
193
1820 versus 1616 2 I 8
218

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Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, is author of Beyond Right and Left: Democratic Elitism in Mosca and Gramsci (1999) and Galileo on the World Systems: A New Abridged Translation and Guide (1997), among other books.

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