Galileo, by Mitch Stokes, a book from the Christian Encounters series printed by Thomas Nelson that I received to review from Booksneeze. The book is written as a biography of the philosopher and mathematician Galileo and his life discoveries and how they impacted his life and the society he lived in. Using scholarly references, the book allows a look at Galileo’s personal and academic life and tells how one affects the other. The book also gives us a glimpse at how Galileo’s religion, Catholicism, influenced his works to an extent and how finally the religion that he practised condemned him and his works as heretics.
As I was reading this book I found myself having to reread sections because of them being hard to understand. Without some background in science I feel that this book would be extremely hard for a reader to understand. Also, the book tends to repeat itself a number of times elaborating on the same hard to understand ideas a number of times making the story more difficult to read. Enough is gathered from the book about Galileo himself, as well as his discoveries to make it an enjoyable read.