The Advancement of Science in the Middle Ages
By John Freely
(Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781590206072, 352pp.)
Publication Date: August 30, 2012
In Before Galileo, John Freely examines the pioneering research of the first European scientists, many of them monks whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of the monasteries where they studied and wrote. One of the earliest of them, Saint Bede, writing a thousand years before Galileo, was so renowned that two centuries after his death a Swiss monk wrote that "in the sixth day of the world [God] has made Bede rise from the West as a new Sun to illuminate the whole Earth."
Before Galileo trenchantly fills a notable gap in the history of science, and places the great discoveries of the age in their rightful context.