Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Christian Encounters Galileo

Christian Encounters: Galileo by Mitch Stokes

An interesting biography of Galileo's life and the things that affected his views. Starting with his discovery of mathematics and the fact that it fascinated him enough to drop out of Medical school, to the successes he achieved later in life. We learn that there is something as observation and then there's OBSERVATION. Noting that a gas light swings and the arc that the light leaves behind has a mathematical explanation is just one thing that sets Galileo apart.

You find just how much of a profound effect that Aristotle and Copernicus had on what Galileo thought. The conflict between Galileo and the philosophers are present through out his history. Eventually the conflict with the church, something that seems to put science against theology at odds, becomes a major issue as well. All together, it's an interesting perspective on the life of Galileo. I will admit, though, that I had a hard time finishing the book.

I received this book free from BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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