The Crime of Galileo - Giorgio de Santillana, Time Reading Program Special Edition, Time Life Books,Inc. Alexandria , Virginia 1981 reprint pb version This book was originally published in 1955 and I can only wonder how it was received. Credited with discovering the isochronism of the pendulum at nineteen, at twenty -two he invented his hydrostatic balance, then came the telescope and the havoc created by his views on the center of the universe. So, Galileo has a place in horology , thus my listing of this book. It is not much of a study of science, rather it becomes a pitiful story of a man tormented by a former benefactor, Pope Urban the VIII and the usual suspects of the church. Forced to spend so much time defending himself, various imprisonments, and the inability to use his great mind in useful pursuits I can only wonder what could have been. Each generation seems to be allowed only a few great minds and when they do come along it seems there is always someone or some institution to ignorantly enter the scene and cheat society of great riches of knowledge! It continues today but I leave that to your imagination as my views on current topics would violate the mb rules and probably be a breach of book review etiquette! Oh, the heck with that! In the spirit of Galileo, why can't people believe in something and let the others alone! This book covers the whole shebang of the persecution of this astonishing individual and ends with his being allowed to move to his own little farm in Arcetri, where he was to face the remaining eight years of his life, and oncoming blindness, under perpetual house arrest.