Pietro Redondi born is an Italian historian of science, known for his work on Galileo Galilei. In he was at the Institute for Advanced Studies. In his book, Redondi developed a new approach to the trial of Galileo. According to this approach, the main reason for his conviction as "vehemently suspected of heresy" was not his advocacy of the Copernican worldview, but his earlier conflict with the Jesuits in his book Il Saggiatore of , in which he advocated an atomist theory of Democritus that ran counter to Aristotelian doctrines endorsed by Rome as well as the Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist. A report to the Inquisition sent anonymously in , and first discovered by Redondi in the archives of the Inquisition did not succeed at the time. The Jesuits saw a new opportunity in to start a trial of Galileo.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Galileo by Pietro Redondi. Galileo: Heretic by Pietro Redondi ,. Raymond Rosenthal Translator. Redondi's story is brilliantly told. The captivating style, the masterly reconstruction of plots and passions, the ability to vividly paint princes and popes, cardinals and philosophers, heretics and scientists, will no doubt guarantee the success of this book with students and the general public.
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Aug 13, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: history. I have a bit of a tangled opinion of this books. When I first started it, I wasn't terribly impressed - it's much more discursive than your typical biography, and until I got into the author's style it felt a bit disjointed.
But in the end that came around to be a really strong point - Redondi's book is certainly a biography about Galileo, but to a greater extent it winds up being a biography of his cultural atmosphere between about and , especially during the ascendancy and later diff I have a bit of a tangled opinion of this books. But in the end that came around to be a really strong point - Redondi's book is certainly a biography about Galileo, but to a greater extent it winds up being a biography of his cultural atmosphere between about and , especially during the ascendancy and later difficulties of Pope Urban VIII.
It's very detailed and has a great sense of place. Redondi will write almost like a novelist, leaving little cliff hangers at the end of his chapters. Once you get into it, it's a lot of fun to read, all secret revenge plots and political machinations. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars it because I think there's a pretty good chance that it's not terribly accurate.
The biography's main thesis is that Galileo wasn't condemned for his adherence to Copernican beliefs or more accurately, his failure to follow a direct command of the Church , but rather the threat that one of his other scientific beliefs - physical materialism - posed towards the Catholic concept of Eucharistic transubstantiation. It's a very clever idea, but the support for it is very tenuous and Redondi is never able to entirely sell the point. Still, certainly worth a read.
Jun 02, Jeremy rated it really liked it Shelves: history-of-science. Although the central thesis of the book doesn't really hold up, it is a deeply fascinating look at Galileo's rivalries, their intellectual basis, and historical context. Tamara Rose rated it really liked it Apr 01, John rated it really liked it Mar 15, Sumaya rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Jonathan rated it liked it May 03, Sue rated it really liked it Apr 27, Steve Walker rated it really liked it May 04, Michael Goodwin rated it liked it Oct 06, Rw rated it really liked it Nov 03, Rhiannon rated it really liked it Sep 19, Tony rated it it was ok Nov 03, Daryl Nash rated it liked it Sep 20, Mark rated it it was amazing Oct 23, D Hermann rated it it was amazing Apr 22, Andrea rated it really liked it Jan 13, Stefaan rated it really liked it Jan 15, Towerwood rated it liked it Aug 13, Paul rated it liked it May 25, Joseph Richard rated it liked it Mar 18, Jeri Mcclure rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Steve rated it liked it Oct 27, Kristin Blais rated it it was amazing Dec 06, Heiko rated it really liked it Sep 15, David rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Paul Roberts rated it liked it May 10, Laura rated it really liked it Mar 01, Selama rated it liked it Oct 26, Jo rated it really liked it Sep 05, Earl Solper rated it really liked it Jun 23, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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