Who is throwing melons and pumpkins from the highest tower in Pisa? It’s the mad scientist Galileo Galilei, confounding the old ideas of the Greeks around Aristotle. The strange old fellow does science everywhere, even in the taverns, and when he meets a whirling dervish, he comes up with an outrageous idea: what if, against all appearances, the earth wasn’t the center of the universe and everything revolved around the sun, around, around … he thinks, and begins to feel dizzy.
The latest book in the series Plato & Co. revolves around one of the philosophers who changed our view of the world like almost no one else.
was a passionate juggler as a child, he dreamt of becoming an illusionist and a violinist. A shock treatment at École Polytechnique in Paris made him a mathematician. More than anything he likes the beauty of the quadratic reciprocity law.