By Stefan Kanfer
As a film actress Lucille Ball was once, in her personal phrases, “queen of the B-pluses.” yet at the small monitor she used to be a superstar–arguably the funniest and such a lot enduring within the historical past of television. during this exemplary biography, Stefan Kanfer explores the roots of Lucy’s genius and locations it within the context of her conflicted and infrequently sour own life.
Ball of fireplace provides us Lucy in all her contradictions. this is the wonder who grew to become a grasp of knock-down slapstick; the keep watch over freak whose comedian modify ego thrived on chaos, the worshipful television housewife whose genuine marriage resulted in public catastrophe. right here, too, is an intimate view of the sunrise of tv and of the the US that embraced it. captivating, informative, touching. and laugh-out-loud humorous, this can be the ebook Lucy’s enthusiasts were anticipating.
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Did the floating or failure to float of bodies in water depend on their individual forms, as the Aristotelians maintained, or on their different specific weights, as Galileo claimed? Yet again, it was Aristotle against Archimedes. To settle the issue Raphael, The School of Athens, 1509-1510. Detail showing the figure of Aristotle (Musei Vaticani, Vatican City, Stanza della Segnatura) Archimedes. Oil on canvas by Domenico Fetti, 1620, (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden) rapidly, Galileo published the Discorso intorno alle cose che stanno in su l’acqua o che in quella si muovono [Discourse on Bodies on or in Water], which went into a second edition.
He had found in cosAutograph copy of the Sidereus nuncius. The moon mic space myriads of stars, invisible to the naked drawn by Galileo as seen through his telescope (Biblioteca Nazionale, Florence, Ms. Gal. 48, c. 28r). eye, which constituted the nebulae and the Milky Way. ’ But what were these ‘important consequences’? What ‘shadows’ would be swept away? It is clear that the results of these observations corroborated the thesis of a Copernican universe as opposed to the Aristotelian-Ptolemaic structure universally accepted up to that point.
65, c. ’ Bellarmine’s position was based on the sophistic distinction between abstract hypothesis and truth based on the observation of nature, a position in which the Church had taken refuge since the emergence of the new cosmological theories, concerned not with the appearances of the phenomena but with the credibility of Holy Scripture, given the glaring scientific errors that were beginning to be exposed in it. By now, direct experience and Galileo’s astronomical discoveries confirmed beyond doubt many mathematical demonstrations of Copernicus, exposing the falsity of Aristotle and Ptolemy’s arguments regarding the movement of planets in the solar system.