OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Thus Spoke Galileo: The Great Scientist's Ideas and Their Relevance to the Present Day

ISBN : 9780199606825

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¥5,566
著者: 
Andrea Frova; Mariapiera Marenzana
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512 ページ
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Paperback
サイズ
142 x 215 mm
刊行日
2011年04月
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You might know what is said about Galileo, but not many people know what Galileo himself actually said. His elusive and often misquoted discourse has resulted, over the years, in slurs against his name and reputation as a scientist. Let him speak then, so that he can bring to everyone's attention his message of reason, of intellectual honesty, and of free thinking. A message that, more than ever, is of great relevance in the rampant irrationality of the new millennium. The exposition begins with a blunt 'self-portrait'. A 'forgery' of course, based mainly on extracts from Galileo's writings and private letters; something he would never have dared, nor been allowed, to write for the public. The selection of writings offered includes many of the subjects that were closest to Galileo's heart and mind with lively commentary from both the literary, scientific, and historical viewpoints. For those who want to know the mathematics behind Galileo's theories, each chapter closes with a separate self contained summary. Thus Spoke Galileo will allow the reader to appreciate the work and the writing-style of a great scientist and author who had a tremendous influence on the modern world.

目次: 

Preface
Persisting misconceptions - A test
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Posthumous self-portrait of Galileo Galilei, philosopher
2. The origin of nerves
PART II: REVOLUTIONARY MOTIONS
3. Almost free fall
4. Life aboard ship
5. Towers arrows cannons and birds
PART III: THE PENDULUM AND MUSIC
6. The divine harmonies
PART IV: THE STARRY SKY ABOVE US
7. The crystal moon
8. In the moonlight
PART V: THE SPINNING EARTH
9. An ingenious wrong theory
10. The seized atmosphere
11. Stand still, ever moving sun
PART VI
12. Infinite finite infinitesimal
13. Down the slope
PART VII
14. Archimedes and the weight of air
15. Wax balls and dew drops
16. Machines large and small
PART VIII
17. In horror at a vacuum
18. The obscure labyrinth of the senses
19. As fast as light
PART IX: ALL THAT GLITTERS ...
20. Quarrels among scientists
21. The scientist and the cicada
EPILOGUE
22. Conviction and abjuration

著者について: 

Andrea Frova, Dipartimento di Fisica, 1niversita di Roma La Sapienza; Mariapiera Marenzana, Retired Professor of Italian and Latin Literature from Liceo Coreutico at the National Dance Academy

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