The Trial of Galileo, Essential Documents, translated and edited by Maurice A. Finocchiaro – Book Review

Lincoln Green

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It was Raymond Williams who wrote that “only the line of a life, hardly anything of its area, can be articulated and reduced to grammar”.  Finocchiaro’s book offers the reader the opportunity to move away from a simple linear view of the historical events of Galileo’s trial, a view frequently misinformed by myth and prejudice, to one which is informed by an awareness of the multidimensional interplay of early 17th century personalities, politics and perspectives.

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