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Histories of modern science often begin with the heroic battle between Galileo and the Catholic Church, which sparked the Scientific Revolution and led to the world-changing discoveries of Isaac Newton. In reality, more than a millennium before the Renaissance, a succession of scholars paved the way for the discoveries for which Galileo and Newton are credited. In Before Galileo, John Freely investigates the first European scientists, many of them monks, whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of their monasteries. He shows how science and religion existed together, and places the great discoveries of the age in their rightful context.
John Freely was born in New York in 1926. He completed his postdoctoral studies at Oxford and teaches physics at Bosphorous University in Istanbul. He has written over forty books, including The Grand Turk and Istanbul: The Imperial City.