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p. 1016. The final yearslocked

  • Stillman Drake

Abstract

‘The final years’ charts Galileo's time under house arrest until his death. Galileo was banned from having any of his work published or reprinted, but despite this his books were translated across Europe. He also managed to find a publisher for his latest work, Two New Sciences, which dealt with the structure of matter and the science of natural motions. During his later correspondence Galileo displayed a conciliatory attitude towards Aristotle, but not towards those who followed him blindly. Galileo remained a devout Catholic, and maintained that he only wished to free science from philosophy, and therefore theology. He died with a clear conscience in 1642.

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