Pietro Redondi born is an Italian historian of science, known for his work on Galileo Galilei. In he was at the Institute for Advanced Studies. In his book, Redondi developed a new approach to the trial of Galileo. According to this approach, the main reason for his conviction as "vehemently suspected of heresy" was not his advocacy of the Copernican worldview, but his earlier conflict with the Jesuits in his book Il Saggiatore of , in which he advocated an atomist theory of Democritus that ran counter to Aristotelian doctrines endorsed by Rome as well as the Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Galileo by Pietro Redondi. Galileo: Heretic by Pietro Redondi ,. Raymond Rosenthal Translator. Redondi's story is brilliantly told. The captivating style, the masterly reconstruction of plots and passions, the ability to vividly paint princes and popes, cardinals and philosophers, heretics and scientists, will no doubt guarantee the success of this book with students and the general public.
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Sort order. Start your review of Galileo: Heretic. Aug 13, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: history. I have a bit of a tangled opinion of this books. When I first started it, I wasn't terribly impressed - it's much more discursive than your typical biography, and until I got into the author's style it felt a bit disjointed.
But in the end that came around to be a really strong point - Redondi's book is certainly a biography about Galileo, but to a greater extent it winds up being a biography of his cultural atmosphere between about and , especially during the ascendancy and later diff I have a bit of a tangled opinion of this books. But in the end that came around to be a really strong point - Redondi's book is certainly a biography about Galileo, but to a greater extent it winds up being a biography of his cultural atmosphere between about and , especially during the ascendancy and later difficulties of Pope Urban VIII.
It's very detailed and has a great sense of place. Redondi will write almost like a novelist, leaving little cliff hangers at the end of his chapters. Once you get into it, it's a lot of fun to read, all secret revenge plots and political machinations. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars it because I think there's a pretty good chance that it's not terribly accurate.
The biography's main thesis is that Galileo wasn't condemned for his adherence to Copernican beliefs or more accurately, his failure to follow a direct command of the Church , but rather the threat that one of his other scientific beliefs - physical materialism - posed towards the Catholic concept of Eucharistic transubstantiation.
It's a very clever idea, but the support for it is very tenuous and Redondi is never able to entirely sell the point. Still, certainly worth a read. Jun 02, Jeremy rated it really liked it Shelves: history-of-science. Although the central thesis of the book doesn't really hold up, it is a deeply fascinating look at Galileo's rivalries, their intellectual basis, and historical context.
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