Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

By Galileo Galilei; Galileo; Stillman Drake (Translator)
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375757662, 640pp.)

Publication Date: October 2, 2001

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Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in Florence in 1632, was the most proximate cause of his being brought to trial before the Inquisition. Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one, proving, for the first time, that the earth revolves around the sun. Its influence is incalculable. The Dialogue is not only one of the most important scientific treatises ever written, but a work of supreme clarity and accessibility, remaining as readable now as when it was first published. This edition uses the definitive text established by the University of California Press, in Stillman Drake’s translation, and includes a Foreword by Albert Einstein and a new Introduction by J. L. Heilbron.




About the Author
Maurice A. Finocchiaro is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.



Stillman Drake was Professor Emeritus at University of Toronto and his illustrious academic career spans over four decades.
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