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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Galileo by Mitch Stokes

From physics to religion, Galileo's life changed the world and how we perceive it.

Despite a debilitating life-long illness, Galileo changed physics from a purely philosophical subject into one involving mathematics and careful observation. But his innovations didn’t stop there. He also challenged beliefs about the very structure of the universe, arguing that the earth moves around the sun at dizzying speeds.

But suggesting such dramatic changes made philosophers uncomfortable. And because they were unable to refute Galileo on their own playing field, they sought help from theologians, sending Galileo headlong into a conflict with church officials. In this biography readers will be privy to the intrigues, personality clashes, and misunderstandings that led to Galileo’s famous trial and condemnation.

This book, Galileo, is part of the Christian Encounters series by Mitch Stokes. It follows Galileo all through his life, from his childhood to his death. It's a journey through time as we watch events unfold as Galileo kept going, made brilliant discoveries, and mentored young proteges.

I love Galileo's story so I was very excited to read this book. It was full of interesting facts like that Galileo's full name was Galileo Galileo (how crazy is that?!), he loved poetry, and that he disagreed with many of his professors. It sorta had too many facts for me, I like more a story when it comes to history. It's great for educating yourself, but I wouldn't pick up this book to read an adventure, romance, suspense, etc. It's more of a history lesson of the life of Galileo. Very interesting book though.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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