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- DescriptionGalileo's astromical and mechanical theories, and his subsequent trial for heresy, profoundly impacted the development of European science, philosophy, and theology, especially in seventeenth-century France, where it shaped the thought of some of its most important writers. France's long tradition of Gallican independence from Rome allowed Copernican and Galilean ideas to be discussed and promoted more freely than elsewhere. Placing those ideas in a national context, this book's individual chapters are devoted to tracing their development in the writings of Mersenne, Gassendi, Peiresc, and Descartes; similarly, resistance to Galilean ideas is traced through the writings of Froidmont, Morin, and the work of Cassini at the recently established Observatoire de Paris.
- Author BiographyThe Author: John Lewis is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at The Queen's University, Belfast. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate studies from University College London, completing a Ph.D. on Para-Rabelaisian literature under the supervision of M. A. Screech. He has published widely in the field of French Renaissance literature, particularly on Rabelais and Ronsard, and is the author of Adrien Turnebe: A Humanist Observed (1998).
- Author(s)John Lewis
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/03/2006
- SubjectPopular Science
- Series TitleCurrents in Comparative Romance Languages & Literatures
- Series Part/Volume Number109
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Content Note3 fig.
- Weight580 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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