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Drake, Stillman

Works: 121 works in 545 publications in 8 languages and 14,269 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Sources  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Translator, Contributor, Editor, Honoree, Author of introduction, Former owner, Compiler, Other
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Most widely held works by Stillman Drake
Galileo by Stillman Drake( Book )

82 editions published between 1980 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 2,354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a startling reinterpretation of the evidence, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileo's condemnation by the Inquisition was caused not by his defiance of the Church, but by the hostility of contemporary philosophers. Galileo's own beautifully lucid arguments are used to show how his scientific method--based on a search not for causes but for laws--was utterly divorced from the Aristotelian approach to physics. His methodology had a definitive impact on the development of modern physics, and led to a final parting of the ways between science and philosophy
Galileo at work : his scientific biography by Stillman Drake( Book )

32 editions published between 1978 and 2003 in English and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems, Ptolemaic & Copernican by Galileo Galilei( Book )

43 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in Florence in 1632, was the most proximate cause of his being brought to trial before the Inquisition. Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernicancan system over the Ptolemaic one, proving, for the first time, that the earth revolves around the Sun. It's influence is incalculable. The Dialogue is not only one of the most important scientific treatises ever written, but a work of supreme clarity and accessibility, remaining as readable now as when it was first published. This edition uses the definitive text established by the University of California Press, in Stillman Drake's translation, and includes a Foreword by Albert Einstein and a new Introduction by J.L. Heilbron
Galileo Galilei : a biography and inquiry into his philosophy of science by Ludovico Geymonat( Book )

6 editions published between 1965 and 1990 in English and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author is interested in the biographical details only as a framework for the study of Galileo's complex philosophy of science. Subtly and with precision he analyzes the streams of thought which influenced his eminent countryman in order to understand what Galileo himself believed he could accomplish by continuing to explore areas closed to him by religious orthodoxy
Two new sciences : including centers of gravity & force of percussion by Galileo Galilei( Book )

22 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in English and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galileo studies : personality, tradition, and revolution by Stillman Drake( Book )

14 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cause, experiment, and science : a Galilean dialogue, incorporating a new English translation of Galileo's "Bodies that stay atop water, or move in it" by Stillman Drake( Book )

13 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mechanics in sixteenth-century Italy; selections from Tartaglia, Benedetti, Guido Ubaldo, & Galileo by Stillman Drake( Book )

16 editions published between 1969 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Controversy on the comets of 1618 by Stillman Drake( Book )

13 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The appearance of three comets in the autumn of 1618 touched off a controversy of such proportions that its effects are still inextricably associated with some of the most dramatic events marking the dawn of our modern era. This volume contains the principal works, in English translation, that were published during the extended controversy between Galileo and the Jesuits over the nature of comets, concluding with a commentary by Johann Kepler. The controversy of of both scientific and philosophical significance because it was in this connection that Galileo disclosed his conception of scientific method, which has been vastly influential on the course of modern thought. The principal work, Il Saggiatore (The Assayer), is also of extraordinary literary merit; it is considered the greatest polemic ever written in the domain of physical science
Discourse on bodies in water by Galileo Galilei( Book )

15 editions published between 1960 and 2005 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nature, experiment, and the sciences : essays on Galileo and the history of science by Trevor Harvey Levere( Book )

10 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 347 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
Discoveries and opinions of Galileo by Galileo Galilei( Book )

37 editions published between 1957 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. His support of Copernican cosmology, against the Church's strong opposition, his development of a telescope, and his unorthodox opinions as a philosopher of science were the central concerns of his career and the subjects of four of his most important writings. Drake's introductory essay place them in their biographical and historical context
Galileo against the philosophers in his Dialogue of Cecco di Ronchitti (1605) and Considerations of Alimberto Mauri (1606) : in English translations by Galileo Galilei( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Copernicus--philosophy and science : Bruno-Kepler-Galileo by Stillman Drake( Book )

11 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of free fall : Aristotle to Galileo ; with an epilogue on "Pi" in the sky by Stillman Drake( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unsung journalist and the origin of the telescope by Stillman Drake( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On motion and on mechanics by Galileo Galilei( Book )

17 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science by Stillman Drake( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems, Ptolemaic & Copernican
Alternative Names
Stillman Drake Canadees auteur (1910-1993)

Stillman Drake Canadian academic

Stillman Drake kanadischer Wissenschaftshistoriker und Galileo-Galilei-Forscher

드레이크, 스틸만 1910-1993

ドレイク, スティルマン

Galileo at work : his scientific biographyDialogue concerning the two chief world systems, Ptolemaic & CopernicanDiscourse on bodies in waterNature, experiment, and the sciences : essays on Galileo and the history of scienceDiscoveries and opinions of GalileoEssays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science