Galileo on the World Systems: A New Abridged Translation and Guide / Edition 1

Galileo on the World Systems: A New Abridged Translation and Guide / Edition 1

by Galileo Galilei
     
 


"This is a very creative piece of work which merits the highest praise. It should be of great value for students and for the general reader."—I. Bernard Cohen, author of Guide to Newton's "Principia"

"Finocchiaro has done a superb job of presenting Galileo to the modern reader. The Dialogue is a work of extreme difficulty, requiring a

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"This is a very creative piece of work which merits the highest praise. It should be of great value for students and for the general reader."—I. Bernard Cohen, author of Guide to Newton's "Principia"

"Finocchiaro has done a superb job of presenting Galileo to the modern reader. The Dialogue is a work of extreme difficulty, requiring a compendious introduction, careful selection, translation and analysis of texts, and thoughtful evaluation of its impact on Western culture. With his well-known logical ability and a feel for pedagogy rare among scholars, Finocchiaro meets these demands in an exceptional way. His is a classic introduction to Galileo's masterpiece."—William A. Wallace, author of Galileo's Logic of Discovery and Proof

"I recommend Galileo on the World Systems for any course on Galileo. The introduction does a fine job of situating the book in the intellectual climate of the time, and the notes make Galileo's prose and arguments thoroughly accessible."—Albert Van Helden, translator of Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520206465
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/25/1997
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
387
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Maurice A. Finocchiaro is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Table of Contents

Editorial Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Significance of Galileo's Dialogue1
2The Geostatic Worldview7
3The Copernican Controversy28
4The Galileo Affair38
5Historical Aftermath and Philosophical Prelude47
Selections from Galileo's Dialogue71
Outline of Selections73
To the Discerning Reader
1Preface77
First Day
2Natural Motion and Aristotle's Logic83
3Heavenly Changes and Aristotle's Empiricism91
4Life on the Moon, and Human versus Divine Understanding107
Second Day
5Independent-Mindedness and the Role of Aristotle's Authority117
6Diurnal Rotation, Simplicity, and Probability128
7The Case against Terrestrial Rotation and the Value of Critical Reasoning142
8Vertical Fall, Superposition of Motions, and the Role of Experiments155
9Extruding Power and the Role of Mathematics171
10The Deception of the Senses and the Relativity of Motion212
Third Day
11Heliocentrism and the Role of the Telescope221
12The Role of the Bible245
13Stellar Dimensions and the Concept of Size247
14Stellar Parallax and the Fruitfulness of a Research Program264
Fourth Day
15The Cause of the Tides and the Inescapability of Error282
16Ending303
App. 1Critical Reasoning309
App. 2Methodological Reflection335
App. 3Varieties of Rhetoric356
Glossary373
Bibliography399
Index409

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