GALILEO by Paul Hightower


Astronomer and Physicist
Age Range: 9 - 15
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 An astonishing and readable account in the Great Minds of Science series that reveals how Galileo, a brilliant and creative scientist, ``among the first to practice the scientific method'' in the 17th century, was tried, convicted of heresy, and imprisoned for the rest of his life for observing, then teaching and writing about scientific theories that went against the beliefs of the Catholic Church. At the Inquisition, Galileo argued that the ``Holy Spirit intended to teach us in the Bible how to go to Heaven, not how the Heavens go.'' Hightower deftly recounts the key aspects of Galileo's life and makes plain how revolutionary his ideas and inventions were; readers will be shocked to realize that it wasn't until 1992 that Pope John Paul II officially recognized the error of the Catholic Church in its decision against Galileo. An activities section at the end of the book offers instructions for making a thermometer, doing free- fall gravity experiments, using a pendulum, and constructing a telescope. (b&w photos, not seen, chronology, notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 9-15)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-89490-787-5
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1997


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