Reviews - What do customers think about Galileo Galilei and the Science of Motion (Great Scientists)?
A slight breath of fresh air Dec 30, 2007
When I picked up Galileo Galilei: And the Science of Motion I was expecting to re-read the same old material that I had already learned in a very bland fashion. What I ended up doing was re-reading the same old material that I had already learned in surprisingly to me, in a very interesting fashion. Yes, this book is quite entertaining for a biography I picked up at my school library. The author William J. Boerst does a very good job at describing the key major events in Galileos life. The text is easy to read and comprehend and the book moves at a steady pace, at times. There are also quite a few times more common than would be desired where the book feels like it is dragging on and on. These are only at points where the author goes into detail on a certain event, but either the scenario feels unnecessary to divulge into or the wording is to long for certain sequences. For example, at one part in the book it talks about Galileos life as a professor in Pisa. And it tells you about how Galileo had an experience about falling asleep in a cave filled with toxic gases, and how that will ultimately affect his health later on. Now instead of making a quick blurb about it and getting right back into the explanation of how he was neglected by fellow professors at Pisa. Boerst seems fit to tell us this tale over the span of two and a half pages. Why? I really do not know. To me it does not seem something to do but he apparently felt that was necessary in its whole boring entirely. Not to say that the whole book is like this to reiterate it is in certain parts, but it ultimately will make my book report in chemistry which this review is a part of that much more painful. The subject matter of the book like I stated before is the same old learnings about Galileo. It takes us through his early life, his famous dropping of two rocks off the tower of Pisa, on to the pages of The Starry Messenger and The Assayer, and all the way to his famous sentencing to life in house arrest. The way it presents these ideas are interesting and it has small little blips of information on the side about other people who impacted his life. And it does a bang up job of being a biography for a high school student like myself to pick up and read to get a halfway decent grade in chemistry. It does its job as I do mine and so Galileo Galilei: And the Science of Motion is a nice breath of fresh air in dreary crusty old high school libraries.