The Controversy on the Comets of 1618

The Controversy on the Comets of 1618 : Galileo Galilei, Horatio Grassi, Mario Guiducci, Johann Kepler

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The appearance of three comets in the autumn of 1618 touched off a controversy of such proportions that its effects are still inextricably associated with some of the most dramatic events marking the dawn of our modern era.

This volume contains the principal works, in English translation, that were published during the extended controversy between Galileo and the Jesuits over the nature of comets, concluding with a commentary by Johann Kepler. The controversy of of both scientific and philosophical significance because it was in this connection that Galileo disclosed his conception of scientific method, which has been vastly influential on the course of modern thought. The principal work, Il Saggiatore (The Assayer), is also of extraordinary literary merit; it is considered the greatest polemic ever written in the domain of physical science.
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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 24mm | 744g
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • Reprint 2016 ed.
  • Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 1512801445
  • 9781512801446

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"The authors have . . . placed this gem in its appropriate setting. . . . This excellent contribution to the history of science is much to be recommended."--Nature
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About C D O'Malley

Stillman Drake was a frequent contributor to scientific journals. He was the author of Galileo Galilei: Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems and Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo. C. D. O'Malley was Professor of Medical History at the University of California Medical School. He was the author of Andreas Vesalius: The Bloodletting Letter of I539 and many other books and scholarly articles.
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