Before Galileo

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Before Galileo

The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe

By John Freely

Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781590206072, 348pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2012

InBefore 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 trenchently fills a notable gap in the history of science, and places the great discoveries of the age in their rightful context.

About the Author
John Freely was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. He dropped out of school at seventeen to join the US Navy for the last two years of World War II. He earned his Ph.D. from New York University and completed his postdoctoral studies at Oxford. He teaches physics at Bosphorous University in Istanbul. He has written more than forty books, including "The Grand Turk" and "Istanbul: The Imperial City."