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Shea, William R.

Overview
Works: 146 works in 453 publications in 7 languages and 10,380 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Observations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Producer, Author of introduction, Other, Translator, Photographer, Adapter, Film editor, Publishing director
Classifications: QB36.G2, B
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Most widely held works about William R Shea
 
Most widely held works by William R Shea
Galileo in Rome : the rise and fall of a troublesome genius by William R Shea( Book )

30 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book offers a fascinating account of the six trips Galileo made to Rome, from his first visit at age 23, as an unemployed mathematician, to his final fateful journey to face the Inquisition. The authors reveal why the theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun, set forth in Galileo's Dialogue, stirred a hornet's nest of theological issues, and they argue that, despite these issues, the Church might have accepted Copernicus if there had been solid proof. More interesting, they show how Galileo dug his own grave. To get the imprimatur, he brought political pressure to bear on the Roman Censor. He disobeyed a Church order not to teach the heliocentric theory. And he had a character named Simplicio (which in Italian sounds like simpleton) raise the same objections to heliocentrism that the Pope had raised with Galileo. The authors show that throughout the trial, until the final sentence and abjuration, the Church treated Galileo with great deference, and once he was declared guilty commuted his sentence to house arrest."--Jacket
Galileo's intellectual revolution : middle period, 1610-1632 by William R Shea( Book )

37 editions published between 1972 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reason, experiment, and mysticism in the scientific revolution by Maria Luisa Righini Bonelli( Book )

25 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The magic of numbers and motion : the scientific career of René Descartes by William R Shea( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey of Descartes' scientific career from his student days at the Jesuit College of La Flèche to his departure for Sweden in 1649
Rutherford and physics at the turn of the century( Book )

14 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designing experiments & games of chance : the unconventional science of Blaise Pascal by William R Shea( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Otto Hahn and the rise of nuclear physics by William R Shea( Book )

11 editions published between 1919 and 1983 in English and Dutch and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

And less as the emanation unden\'ent radioactive decay, and it became motion less after about 30 seconds. Since this process was occurring very rapidly, Hahn and Sackur marked the position of the pointer on a scale with pencil marks. As a timing device they used a metronome that beat out intervals of approximately 1. 3 seconds. This simple method enabled them to determine that the half-life of the emanations of actinium and emanium were the same. Although Giesel's measurements had been more precise than Debierne's, the name of actinium was retained since Debierne had made the discovery first. Hahn now returned to his sample of barium chloride. He soon conjectured that the radium-enriched preparations must harbor another radioactive sub stance. The liquids resulting from fractional crystallization, which were sup posed to contain radium only, produced two kinds of emanation. One was the long-lived emanation of radium, the other had a short life similar to the emanation produced by thorium. Hahn tried to separate this substance by adding some iron to the solutions that should have been free of radium, but to no avail. Later the reason for his failure became apparent. The element that emitted the thorium emanation was constantly replenished by the ele ment believed to be radium. Hahn succeeded in enriching a preparation until it was more than 100,000 times as intensive in its radiation as the same quantity of thorium
Nature, experiment, and the sciences : essays on Galileo and the history of science by Trevor Harvey Levere( Book )

12 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays is a tribute to Stillman Drake by some of his friends and colleagues, and by others on whom his work has had a formative influence. It is difficult to know him without succumbing to his combination of discipline and enthusiasm, even in fields remote from Renaissance physics and natural philosophy; and so he should not be surprised in this volume to see emphases and methods congenial to him, even on topics as remote as Darwin or the chemical revolution. Therein lies whatever unity the discerning reader may find in this book, beyond the natural focus and coherence of the largest section, on Galileo, and the final section on Drake's collection of books, a major and now accessible resource for research in the field that he has made his own. We have chosen, as the occasion for presenting the volume to Stillman Drake, Galileo's birthday; Galileo has had more than one birthday party in Toronto since Drake came to the University of Toronto. As for the title, it reflects a shared conviction that experiment is the key to science; it is what scientists do. Drake has already asserted that emphasis in the title of his magisterial Galileo at Work, and we echo it here. Those who have had the privilege and pleasure of working and arguing with Stillman over the years know his tenacity, penetration, and vigour. They also know his generosity and humility. We owe him much
Persuading science : the art of scientific rhetoric( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientists and their responsibility( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sidereus nuncius, or, The Sidereal messenger by Galileo Galilei( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An instrument can change the world and compel us to rethink our place in the universe. The telescope did just this, but only when it was used by Galileo, whose eye was prepared to see new things and whose hand was able to depict what he saw. It was not only because Galileo was a gifted and persistent observer, but also because he was an exceptional draughtsman that he was able to discover what others had failed to see or lacked the ability to record
Revolutions in science : their meaning and relevance( Book )

14 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Values and the quality of life by William R Shea( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nature mathematized : historical and philosophical case studies in classical modern natural philosophy by International conference on the History and philosophy of science( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galileo observed : science and the politics of belief by William R Shea( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basic issues in the philosophy of science( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Energy needs in the year 2000 : ethical and environmental perspectives( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected writings by Galileo Galilei( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy is written in this great book which is continually open before our eyes - I mean the universe ... 'Galileo's astronomical discoveries changed the way we look at the world, and our place in the universe. Threatened by the Inquisition for daring to contradict the literal truth of the Bible, Galileo ignited a scientific revolution when he asserted that the Earth moves. This generous selection from his writings contains all the essential texts for a reader to appreciate his lasting significance. Mark Davie's new translation renders Galileo's vigorous Italian prose into clear modern Englis
Contemporary issues in political philosophy( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creativity in the arts and science( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Galileo in Rome : the rise and fall of a troublesome genius
Alternative Names
Shea, W.R. 1937-

Shea, William

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Shea, William Rene 1937-

William R. Shea

William René Shea Canadees filosoof

William René Shea kanadischer Wissenschaftshistoriker

쉬어, 윌리엄 R

シーア, W

シーア, ウィリアム R

シェイ, W. R.

シエイ, W. R

Languages
English (208)

Italian (12)

French (4)

German (3)

Japanese (3)

Spanish (1)

Dutch (1)

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Designing experiments & games of chance : the unconventional science of Blaise PascalOtto Hahn and the rise of nuclear physicsNature, experiment, and the sciences : essays on Galileo and the history of scienceSidereus nuncius, or, The Sidereal messengerNature mathematized : historical and philosophical case studies in classical modern natural philosophy