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Galileo Galilei, The Tuscan Artist


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Pietro Greco
    Pages 1-6
  3. Pietro Greco
    Pages 7-13
  4. Pietro Greco
    Pages 15-19
  5. Pietro Greco
    Pages 21-23
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    Pages 25-29
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  20. Pietro Greco
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About this book


This book is a distinctively original biography of Galileo Galilei, probably the last eclectic genius of the Italian Renaissance, who was not only one of the greatest scientists ever, but also a philosopher, a theologian, and a man of great literary, musical, and artistic talent – “The Tuscan Artist”, as the poet John Milton referred to him. Galileo was exceptional in simultaneously excelling in the Arts, Science, Philosophy, and Theology. These diverse aspects of his life were closely intertwined; indeed, it may be said that he personally demonstrated that human culture is not divisible, but rather one, with a thousand shades. Galileo also represented the bridge between two historical epochs. As the philosopher Tommaso Campanella, a contemporary of Galileo, recognized at the time, Galileo was responsible for ushering in a new age, the Modern Age. This book, which is exceptional in the completeness of its coverage, explores all aspects of the life of Galileo, as a Tuscan artist and giant of the Renaissance, in a stimulating and reader-friendly way.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centro StudiFondazione IDIS-Città della ScienzaNaplesItaly

About the authors

Pietro Greco is a science journalist and writer. He holds a degree in Chemistry and directed the Master in Science Communications program at SISSA. From 2006 to 2008, he was Advisor to the Ministry of Universities and Research. He is a famous speaker on the radio show Radio3 Scienza. Since 1987 he has collaborated with the newspaper L'Unità and, since 2007, with online newspaper. He was co-author and scientific director of some television episodes of the program Pulsar. Storia della scienza e della tecnica nel XX secolo, and X Day, I grandi della scienza del Novecento, aired between 1999 and 2002. He is the author of numerous books including: L'astro narrante (Springer) L'universo a dondolo (Springer), Galileo l'artista toscano (Springer 2014), and La cultura si mangia! with Bruno Arpaia as co-author (Guanda 2013).

Bibliographic information


“This new biography by Pietro Greco, an influential, well-known Italian science journalist and writer, emphasizes Galileo’s literary, musical, artistic, and poetic side, attributes that are usually bypassed. The result is a most enjoyable book, extremely thought-provoking and revealing, and offering a refreshingly new insight into Galileo’s character.” (David W. Hughes, The Observatory, Vol. 139 (1268), February, 2019)

“The book covers his whole life in comprehensive detail, starting from his birth in February 1564 (the same year as Shakespeare’s birth), and ending with his death in January 1642 just a few weeks short of his 78th birthday. … If you feel as I did, that there is a gap in your knowledge about the full life of Galileo, then this book is recommended to you.” (Odyssey The e-Magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, 2018)