Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe

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Gerald Duckworth & Co, Feb 14, 2013 - Science - 348 pages
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Histories of modern science often begin with the heroic battle between Galileo and the Catholic Church, which sparked the Scientific Revolution and led to the world-changing discoveries of Isaac Newton. In reality, more than a millennium before the Renaissance, a succession of scholars paved the way for the discoveries for which Galileo and Newton are credited. In Before Galileo, John Freely investigates the first European scientists, many of them monks, whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of their monasteries. He shows how science and religion existed together, and places the great discoveries of the age in their rightful context.
 

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Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe

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Freely (physics, Bosphorous Univ., Istanbul; Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World) writes here of the people who sought explanations of happenings in the natural ... Read full review

BEFORE GALILEO: The Advancement of Modern Science in Medieval Europe

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A history of science in the centuries before Copernicus, Galileo and Newton.After the Visigoth sack of Rome in 410 and the subsequent burning of the great Library of Alexandria, the ancient Greco ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Light in the Dark Ages
Educating Europe
The Opinions of the Arabs
A Renaissance Before the Renaissance
Converting Aristotle
The Metaphysics of Light
The Experimental Method
The Revival of Astronomy East and West
The Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres
The New Astronomy
The Great Debate
On the Shoulders of Giants
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX

The Science of Motion
Over the Rainbow

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Ray Kurzweil is one of the world s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called the restless genius by The Wall Street Journal and the ultimate thinking machine by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the rightful heir to Thomas Edison. PBS selected him as one of the sixteen revolutionaries who made America. Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. A recipient of the National Medal of Technology, Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and holds nineteen honorary doctorates, as well as honors from three U.S. presidents.

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