Most people know the story of Galileo. In the Middle Ages, when the powerful Catholic Church controlled nearly everything, one man stepped forward to challenge an ignorant world. He insisted that the earth revolves around the sun, and for this heresy he was tried and imprisoned. His ordeal will be remembered forever as a symbol of the Church’s hostility toward science. That narrative is a bit simplistic, though. Join Alan Lowe as he builds on the prevailing narrative with the real facts of the Galileo affair. First, he places it in context: explaining the prevailing views of the universe before Galileo, the scientiﬁc basis of Galileo’s theories, and the motives of the major players in the case. Then, with attention to the many nuances, he pursues the historical evidence of Galileo’s trial and its aftermath — a story you may not have heard before.
A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos, by Dava Sobel
Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, by Dava Sobel
Galileo: Watcher of the Skies, by David Wooten