Finocchiaro M.A. Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992. 2005.
Finocchiaro M.A. Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992. - University of California Press, 2005. - 485 p.
This book is a survey of the Galileo affair from the time of his condemnation by the Inquisition in 1633 to his alleged rehabilitation by Pope John Paul II in 1992. A key recurring question has been whether, how, and why the condemnation was right or wrong, and that is what the title Retrying Galileo
is meant to convey. The survey is introductory in the sense that it contrasts to both a narrative history and a critical assessment: it has elements of both but aims to perform the more fundamental task of presenting the primary sources, historical facts, and controversial issues. Although the original
Galileo affair (1613–1633) is one of the most studied events in Western culture, until now the subsequent
Galileo affair (1633–1992) has never been surveyed in a systematic manner. So this book is directly and explicitly about the latter but, because of their connection, it is also indirectly and implicitly about the original trial.
"This is must reading for historians of science and a delight for the interested public. From his access to many primary sources in the Vatican Library and from his broad knowledge of the history of the 17th century, Finocchiaro acquaints readers in an interesting manner with the historical facts of Galileo's trial, its aftermath, and its repercussions. Unlike many other works which present predetermined and, at times, prejudiced judgments, this work provides exhaustive evidence to allow readers to develop their own informed opinion on the subject."-George V. Coyne, Director, Vatican Astronomical Observatory