Before Galileo by John Freely
The Advancement of Science in the Middle Ages

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Histories of modern science often begin with the heroic battle between Galileo and the Catholic Church, which ignited the Scientific Revolution and gave way to the world-changing discoveries of Isaac Newton. Virtually nothing is said about the European scholars who came before. In reality, more than a millennium before the Renaissance, a succession of scholars paved the way for the exciting discoveries usually credited to Galileo, Newton, Copernicus, and others. In Before Galileo, physicist and historian John Freely examines the pioneering research of the first European scientists, many of them monks whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of the monasteries where they studied and wrote.
 

About John Freely

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JOHN FREELY was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. He dropped out of school at seventeen to join the US Navy for the last two years of World War II. He earned his Ph.D. from New York University and completed his postdoctoral studies at Oxford. He teaches physics at Bosphorous University in Istanbul. He has written more than forty books, including The Grand Turk and Istanbul: The Imperial City.
 
Published August 27, 2013 by Overlook. 339 pages
Genres: History, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction

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In an overview of subsequent, increasingly modern science, Freely describes work on the new science of motion by 14th-century Oxford scientists;

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Freely explains how, despite the opinion of many medieval Christian scholars that the study of science was unnecessary—“for in order to save one’s soul, it is enough to believe in God”—translations into Latin by clergymen-scholars like Boethius, Cassiodorus, and Gerard of Cremona dissem...

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Laura Snyder reviews "Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval
Europe," by John Freely; "A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in ...

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In a world where any reader of Harry Potter knows about the Philosopher's Stone, the very word "alchemy" conjures up the image of wizards in dark dungeons muttering secret incantations over steaming caldrons.

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