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Galileo, Courtier is a fascinating cultural and social history of science highlighting the workings of power, patronage, and credibility in the development of science.
In the court of the Medicis and the Vatican, Galileo fashioned both his career and his science to the demands of patronage and to its complex systems of wealth, power, and prestige. Now, Mario Biagioli shows how Galileo's courtly role was integral to his science--the questions he examined, his methods, and even his conclusions.
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Prologue: Court Culture and the Legitimation of Science
1: Galileo's Self-fashioning
2: Discoveries and Etiquette
3: Anatomy of a Court Dispute
4: The Anthropology of Incommensurability
Intermezzo: Roma Theatrum Mundi
5: Courtly Comets
6: Framing Galileo's Trial
Epilogue: From Patronage to Academies: A Hypothesis