Galileo in Contextby Jurgen Renn
Pub. Date: 07/18/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This survey of recent attempts to dispel the myth of Galileo as isolated pioneer explores the intellectual, cultural and social contexts that substantially shaped Galilean science. Particular attention is paid to the influence of contemporary engineer-scientists on Galilean experimental physics, the influence of artists on the visual representation techniques used in Galilean astronomy, and the influence of the power structures of Galileo's day on the way in which scientific information was organized and communicated.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction Jürgen Renn; Part I. The Context of the Practitioners: Mechanics and its New Objects: 1. Galileo engineer: art and modern science Wolfgang Lefèvre; 2. Hunting the white elephant: when and how did Galileo discover the Law of Fall? Jürgen Renn, Peter Damerow and Simone Rieger; Part II. The Context of the Artists: Astronomy and its New Representations: 3. Gazing hands and blind spots: Galileo as draftsman Horst Bredekamp; 4. The virgin and the telescope: the moons of Cigoli and Galileo Sara Booth and Albert van Helden; Part III. The Contexts of the Church, Patrons and Colleagues: New Science and Traditional Power Structures: 5. Recent narratives on Galileo and the church: or the three dogmas of the Counter-Reformation Rivka Feldhay; 6. Gassendi and l'Affaire Galilée of the Laws of Motion Paolo Galluzzi; 7. Replication or monopoly? The economies of invention and discovery in Galileo's observations of 1610 Mario Biagioli; Appendix: A forgotten controversy: Introductory note Jürgen Renn; Raffaello Caverni and his History of the Experimental Method in Italy Giuseppe Castagnetti and Michele Camerota; An excerpt from History of the Experimental Method in Italy Raffaello Caverni; Antonio Favaro and the Edizione Nazionale of Galileo's Works Giuseppe Castagnetti and Michele Camerota; Apocryphal Galilean writings Antonio Favaro; Emil Wohlwill, Galileo and His Battle for the Copernican System Hans-Werner Schütt; The discovery of the parabolic shape of the projectile trajectory Emil Wohlwill.
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