Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe

Author(s): John Freely

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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 coexisted, and places the great discoveries of the age in their rightful context.


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'A sinuous odyssey, which chronicles the transmission of scientific ideas from ancient Greece and Rome to an early modern Europe on the cusp of the scientific revolution' Booklist 'Informative and intriguing - Freely shows how Western science developed in relation to - and in controversy with - ancient Greek ideas about matter, light, motion and the structure of the heavens' Publishers Weekly

John Freely was born in New York in 1926. He completed his postdoctoral studies at Oxford and teaches physics at Bosphorous University in Istanbul. He has written over forty books, including The Grand Turk and Istanbul: The Imperial City.

General Fields

  • : 9780715647257
  • : Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • : Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • : March 2014
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 3525
  • : illustrations
  • : John Freely
  • : Paperback