Galileo's Dream

Galileo's Dream

Book - 2009
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From the summit of their distant future, a charismatic renegade named Ganymede travels to the past to bring Galileo forward in an attempt to alter history and ensure the ascendancy of science over religion. Yet between his brief and jarring visitations to this future, Galileo must struggle against the ignorance and superstition of his own time.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553806595
Branch Call Number: ROB
Characteristics: 532 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 24, 2019

I've just finished this. I am a fan of Robinson, have read many of his books. I really liked this one, but I felt there was times that it dragged on a bit. I admire the detail, but sometimes it might have been better to tone down on it. Overall, it was a great read, and the fundamental contribution to science that Galileo made is thoroughly documented. I recommend it!

Mar 04, 2015

i'm afraid i just couldn't say i liked this one - i Tried to like it - the time period and subject should have been very interesting but i gave up after a 1/2 dozen chapters...travelling to Saturn and the moons - meh.

Dec 20, 2014

Robinson's latest could have used some editing--too much repetition and re-working of the same material. Nevertheless, this is a very engaging history/fantasy that delves into Galileo's life and discoveries and explores expansive concepts of space and time.

May 02, 2012

One of the best SF books I have *ever* read and I started with the Golden Age - Asimov/Clark/Sturgeon/et al 50 years ago.

It's also one of the best books of any sort I've read recently.

It is a top drawer fictional biography of Galileo, a bit of a futuristic thriller, and it offers one of the best popularizations of the philosophy of science and the scientific method I've seen.

As is the norm for this author, a college level class could use the text as a springboard for an entire season of discussion and study.

Oh! Did I mention that it is a gripping yarn?

I give it my highest recommendation.

Oct 30, 2010

While the vision of our far advanced future is intriguing, the real reason to read this playful tale of an anachronistic soul is it's, no doubt well researched, look into the mind and personality of the great Galileo. A delightful suspense is created out of long dead history by Robinson. Ive read others of his work by this one has got to be my best pick of his work.

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