Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a bestselling author, and a popular speaker who has appeared on The Daily Show, 60 Minutes, and NOVA. He is the author of the bestsellers The Golden Ratio, Brilliant Blunders, and Galileo. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
One would have hoped that the Galileo story could be treated just as the fascinating history this book makes clear it is-but we really need this story now, because we're living through the next chapter of science denial, with stakes that couldn't be higher. -- Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? To better understand the perilous threat of science denialism today, Mario Livio looks back at the scientist who faced the greatest denial of them all: that the Earth revolves around the Sun. By offering us an astrophysicist's unique perspective on Galileo's life and fate, this engaging work is a must read for anyone who values the contributions of science to society. -- Marcia Bartusiak, author of The Day We Found the Universe and Dispatches from Planet 3 Galileo and the Science Deniers is a brilliant, highly readable account of Galileo's life and accomplishments. The book is a joy to read and provides an accurate and vivid reconstruction of the immense intellectual contributions of Galileo. Livio thoroughly succeeds in illustrating the many facets of Galileo's versatile personality, and he offers wise and insightful reflections upon the necessity to overcome the division between the humanities and the sciences. -- Michele Camerota, Galileo scholar, and author of Galileo Galilei e la cultura scientifica nell'eta della Controriforma