Galileo and the Birth of Modern Philosophy
Reading Nature’s Book provides contextual material for college and university students enrolled in modern philosophy courses, introducing them to ideas and concepts that dominated philosophical discussion during the era. Furthermore, students and scholars interested in the history of philosophy of science will also benefit from a decidedly philosophical approach to such a leading scientific figure. Many of the topics explored by Galileo continue to be of philosophical interest today, including scientific methodology and the relation between science and religion.
Chapter One: A Message from the Stars
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Galileo’s researches in astronomy were more than original, they were unprecedented….In about two months, December  and January , he made more discoveries that changed the world than anyone has ever made before or since.
—NOEL M. SWERDLOW 1998, PP. 244–45
If ever a discoverer was perfectly prepared to make and exploit his discovery, it was the dexterous humanist Galileo aiming his first telescope at the sky.
—J. L. HEILBRON 2010, P. V
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