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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest expert on the greatest expert, 21 Aug. 2013
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This is a work of scholarship at the highest level, written in a most engaging manner. The back matter runs to 150 pages, the Notes alone taking 60 pages.

First sentence of the Preface: "It will be useful and perhaps reassuring to state that this is not the biography of a mathematician"

First sentence Chapter One: "On the facade of a house near the central train station in Florence there is an immense inscription in stone setting out Galileo's feats" Galileo was born on the day and almost the hour that Michelangelo died.

A random sentence, from page 156: "On 30 January 1610 Galileo informed Vinta that he was in Venice printing his account of the marvels God had vouchsafed unto him, of which the greatest were 'four new planets .. that move around a very large star, like Venus and Mercury, and perhaps the other known planets, do around the sun' "

Final sentence: "Who can doubt that within another 400 years the church will recognize Galileo's divine gifts, atone for his sufferings, ignore his arrogance, and make him a saint?"

This book is a masterpiece, one of the greatest scientific biographies ever written
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