Friday, September 29, 2006
Celebrate Freedom - Read a Banned Book Today!
This is Banned Books Week (Sept. 23-30). What better way to celebrate than to dip into a scientific treatise that was denounced and banned by the Roman Catholic Church, yet revolutionized human understanding and paved the way for modern astronomy? On the new book shelf now:
Dialogues concerning two new sciences / by Galileo Galilei ; edited, with commentary, by Stephen Hawking. Hawking's initial commentary is a quick and fascinating read, and provides the social context and historical perspective for Galilei's work.
This title is part of On the Shoulders of Giants, which also includes the works of Copernicus, Einstein, Kepler and Newton.