Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 8, 2008

Galileo, Antichrist by Michael White

galileo-antichristGalileo, Antichrist by Michael White (7) – allegedly non-fiction though I think there’s a fair few fictional assumptions included to liven things up and fill in the historical gaps. I’m not religious, but White seems virulently anti Catholic which made me suspect that he was somewhat intemperate in some of his judgements. All the established churches – not just the Catholics – made it difficult for science to progress – it was part of their world view that things were immutable.

White writes populist history and science books, and this one draws on recent access to Vatican archives to mix the biography with conspiracy theory.  In my opinion, it might have seemed more credible had it not been written like a pot-boiler, but The Guardian liked it.

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