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Galileo in Rome

The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius

Galileo in Rome by William R. Shea
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New research shows the true reason why galileo was condemned.

Galileo is one of a small group of thinkers who transformed Western culture. But to be at the forefront of ideas was a dangerous position to take at the turn of the sixteenth century, bringing the philosopher into constant conflict with the might of the curch. Galileo made six long visits to Rome in an attempt to get the church on his side. He was anxious to raise his profile in the Eternal City, where he spent some 500 days, meeting the pope, high-ranking ecclesiastics, and members of the

literary establishment as well as other scientists.

It offers a rigorous, but easy-to-understand, account of what happened during Galileo's visit to Rome. In the end, he overplayed his hand and the outcome was his dramatic condemnation by the church. Based on extensive archive research, the author paints a far more complex picture of the actions and motivations of both sides than has been published before, and shows how it is that Galileo's failure to impress the church has not prevented him from becoming one of the leading thinkers of the


Oxford University Press; January 2003
271 pages; ISBN 9780198037149
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Title: Galileo in Rome
Author: William R. Shea
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