Galileo Galilei

At the Threshold of the Scientific Age

  • Wolfgang W. Osterhage

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 147-156

About this book


This new scientific biography of Galileo explores the influences on, and of, his exceptional work, thereby revealing novel connections with the worldviews of his age and beyond.

Galileo Galilei's contribution to science is unquestionable. And his conflict with the church establishment of his time is no less famous. In this book, authored by a physicist and history scholar, Galileo's life and work are described against a backdrop of the prior scientific state of the art in his various fields of achievement. Particular emphasis is placed on Galileo's vision of the world in relation to historic and also future cosmological models. The impact of his discoveries and theories for the later development of physics and astronomy is a further focus of the narrative.


Galileo Galilei biography Astronomy and worldviews Birth of physics Heliocentric model Geocentric model Church Index Galileo and Ptolemy Early gravity experiments Galileo and Kepler Medieval and modern worldviews

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang W. Osterhage
    • 1
  1. 1.WachtbergGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91778-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91779-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0613
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0621
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