Astrophysicist Mario Livio, author of Galileo: And the Science Deniers (Simon and Schuster), revisits the story of Galileo, providing captivating insights into how he reached bold new conclusions about the cosmos and the laws of nature despite censorship and persecution by the Church. Galileo was not only a revolutionary because of his conclusions, but also because of his belief in the democratization of scientific knowledge, arguing that every educated person should know science as well as literature. Turning to the issue of climate change, Mario Livio also draws parallels between critics of Galileo in his time and the “science deniers” of our own.
"Livio beautifully describes both Galileo's work and his struggle for intellectual freedom. Livio is perfectly placed to do this. An astrophysicist himself, he has worked on a great-great-great-grandchild of the telescopes that Galileo employed, the Hubble space telescope. Seen through the eyes of an active researcher, Galileo's discoveries appear, not as historical facts, but as live components of a scientific effort that continues today. . . . A gripping story anyone can enjoy."--Marianne Freiberger.
Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a bestselling author, and a popular speaker. He is the author of The Golden Ratio, Brilliant Blunders, and Galileo.
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