Galileo’s Middle Finger

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New York Times Book Review 
“[S]mart, delightful… a splendidly entertaining education in ethics, activism and science.”

Editors’s Choice, New York Times Book Review

An impassioned defense of intellectual freedom and a clarion call to intellectual responsibility, Galileo’s Middle Finger is one American’s eye-opening story of life in the trenches of scientific controversy. For two decades, historian Alice Dreger has led a life of extraordinary engagement, combining activist service to victims of unethical medical research with defense of scientists whose work has outraged identity politics activists. With spirit and wit, Dreger offers in Galileo’s Middle Finger an unforgettable vision of the importance of rigorous truth seeking in today’s America, where both the free press and free scholarly inquiry struggle under dire economic and political threats.

This illuminating chronicle begins with Dreger’s own research into the treatment of people born intersex (once called hermaphrodites). Realization of the shocking surgical and ethical abuses conducted in the name of “normalizing” intersex children’s gender identities moved Dreger to become an internationally recognized patient rights’ activist. But even as the intersex rights movement succeeded, Dreger began to realize how some fellow progressive activists were employing lies and personal attacks to silence scientists whose data revealed uncomfortable truths about humans. In researching one such case, Dreger suddenly became the target of just these kinds of attacks.

Troubled, she decided to try to understand more—to travel the country to ferret out the truth behind various controversies, to obtain a global view of the nature and costs of these battles. Galileo’s Middle Finger describes Dreger’s long and harrowing journeys between the two camps for which she felt equal empathy: social justice activists determined to win and researchers determined to put hard truths before comfort. Ultimately what emerges is a lesson about the intertwining of justice and of truth—and a lesson of the importance of responsible scholars and journalists to our fragile democracy.

Booklist (starred review)
A crusader in the mold of muckrackers from a century ago, Dreger doesn’t try to hide her politics or her agenda. Instead she advocates for change intelligently and passionately. Highly recommended.”

Kirkus (starred review)
“Let us be grateful that there are writers like Dreger who have the wits and the guts to fight for truth.” 

Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and The World until Yesterday
“Alice Dreger would win a prize for this year’s most gripping novel, except for one thing: her stories are true, and this isn’t a novel.  Instead, it’s an exciting account of complicated good guys and bad guys, and the pursuit of justice.”

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Author by : John L. Heilbron
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2010-10-14
Publisher by : OUP Oxford

Just over four hundred years ago, in 1610, Galileo published the Siderius nuncius, or Starry Messenger, a 'hur

Selected Writings

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Author by : Galileo,
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2012-02-09
Publisher by : Oxford University Press

The first entirely new translation of Galileo's major writings for more than fifty years, this marvelous volum

The Private Life Of Galileo

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Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1870
Publisher by :


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Author by : Bertolt Brecht
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1966
Publisher by : Grove Press

Dramatizes Galileo's conflict with the church over his assertion that the Earth revolves around the sun.

The Cambridge Companion To Galileo

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Author by : Peter Machamer
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1998-08-13
Publisher by : Cambridge University Press

Not only a hero of the scientific revolution, but after his conflict with the church, a hero of science, Galil

Galileo The Tour Guide

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Author by : Jean H. Aichele
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1996
Publisher by : DIANE Publishing

This guide, published in June 1996, offered a look back & a look ahead -- the journey so far, the spacecraft s

Gps Et Galileo

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Author by : Jean-Marc Piéplu
Languange Used : fr
Release Date : 2011-07-07
Publisher by : Editions Eyrolles

Conçu initialement pour des applications militaires, le GPS (Global Positioning System) est maintenant couram

Music And Science In The Age Of Galileo

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Author by : V. Coelho
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1992-11-30
Publisher by : Springer Science & Business Media

A collection of essays exploring the relations between music and the scientific culture of Galileo's time. It

Galileo A Very Short Introduction

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Author by : Stillman Drake
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2001-02-22
Publisher by : OUP Oxford

In a startling reinterpretation of the evidence, Stillman Drake advances the hypothesis that Galileo's trial a

Galileo Bellarmine And The Bible

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Author by : Richard J. Blackwell
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1991-01-31
Publisher by : University of Notre Dame Pess

Considered the paradigm case of the troubled interaction between science and religion, the conflict between Ga

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