He learned to question authority from his father. He got his stubbornness from his mother. He grew up to be rebellious and argumentative. He caroused around the social scene, drinking and visiting the brothels and gambling houses. He was a noble who didn’t marry into the nobility but settled happily in sin with a commoner who bore his children. He was a professor of mathematics who ideas made him famous throughout the continent. He chose to write his books in everyday language rather than academic Latin so the common person could read and decide for themselves. But the vested interests and powers that be were threatened. And for all his idiosyncrasies, combativeness, and transgressions, the thing that brought him to trial and nearly cost him his life was arguing about the Moon.
Fast paced, 153 page biography of Galileo, wonderfully illustrated by Danny Sardi, highlighting his conflict with the Catholic Church over whether the Earth revolves around the Sun or the Sun revolves around the Earth, and recounting his fascinating and bawdy personal life, loves, and losses.
Covers his life from adolescent novice in a monastery to professor and Royal Mathematician and Philosopher to the Medici Court, his becoming the most celebrated scientist of his time, and his famous trial at the hands of the Roman Inquisition where he was judged to be 'vehemently suspect of heresy.'
Beautifully illustrated, it is less a graphic novel (there are no comic book panels) than a work of art and a novel that is graphic.