Wolfgang W. Osterhage

“This brand new scientific biography investigates the influences on and of Galileo’s extraordinary body of work, thereby illuminating novel connections with the worldviews of his age and beyond.

Galileo Galilei’s contribution to science is unquestionable. It is also well known that he had a contentious relationship with the established church of his day. In this book, which was written by a physicist as well as a historian, Galileo’s life and work are discussed with reference to the prior scientific state of the art in the various fields in which he was successful. Particular emphasis is placed on Galileo’s vision of the world in relation to historical cosmological models as well as those that will be developed in the future. A further focus of the narrative is on the impact of his discoveries and theories on the later development of physics and astronomy. This is accomplished through the use of a secondary focus.”