Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
Ptolemaic and Copernican
Introduced by Dava Sobel
Foreword by Albert Einstein
Translated by Stillman Drake
A fascinating insight into Galileo's fundamental contribution to science. Introduced by the Pulitzer Prize finalist writer Dava Sobel.
When Galileo completed the first great work of modern science in 1632 he paved the way for freedom of scientific thought and paid the price with the loss of his own liberty. Supporting Copernicus’s heliocentric view of the universe against Ptolemaic geocentrism, the Dialogue was condemned by the Catholic Church, making Galileo a prisoner of the Inquisition for the rest of his life. Nevertheless it began a revolution, undermining the classical, reason-based tradition endorsed by the Church – because it supported the notion that humankind, and therefore God, lay at the centre of the universe – and leading science back to an objective, empirical attitude towards the cosmos.
Longman-History Today Historical Picture Researcher of the Year Award 2014 won by Cathie Arrington for her work on this edition