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Before Galileo

The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe

Freely, John

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Before Galileo
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Histories of modern science often begin with the heroic battle between Galileo and the Catholic Church, which ignited the Scientific Revolution and led to the world-changing discoveries of Isaac Newton. Virtually nothing is said about the European scholars who came before. In reality, more than a millennium before the Renaissance, a succession of scholars paved the way for the discoveries for which Galileo, Newton, and others are often credited. In Before Galileo , John Freely examines the pioneering research of the first European scientists, many of them monks whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of the monasteries where they studied and wrote. One of the earliest of them, Saint Bede, writing a thousand years before Galileo, was so renowned that two centuries after his death a Swiss monk wrote that "in the sixth day of the world [God] has made Bede rise from the West as a new Sun to illuminate the whole Earth." Before Galileo trenchently fills a notable gap in the history of science, and places the great discoveries of the age in their rightful context.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2012.
ISBN: 9781590206072
159020607X
9780715645109
0715645102
Characteristics: 348 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Feb 09, 2013
  • Stran101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent book. The Dark Age is not so dark after all. The search for knowledge continued after the burning of the great Library of Alexandria. After more than a thousand years, modern science was established which quickly gives rise to new inventions, both good and bad, including such marvelous things such as the internet.

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