Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy

Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy

by Mario Biagioli
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226045617

ISBN-13: 9780226045610

Pub. Date: 03/01/2006

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In six years, Galileo Galilei went from being a mathematics professor to a star in the court of Florence to a target of the Inquisition. And during that time, Galileo made a series of astronomical discoveries that reshaped the ideas of the physical nature of the heavens and transformed him from a university mathematician into a court philosopher.

Galileo's

Overview

In six years, Galileo Galilei went from being a mathematics professor to a star in the court of Florence to a target of the Inquisition. And during that time, Galileo made a series of astronomical discoveries that reshaped the ideas of the physical nature of the heavens and transformed him from a university mathematician into a court philosopher.

Galileo's Instruments of Credit proposes radical new interpretations of key epesodes of Galileo's career, including his telescopic discoveries of 1610, the dispute over sunspots, and the conflict with the Holy Office over the relationship between Copernicanism and scripture. Galileo's tactics shifted as rapidly as his circumstances, argues Mario Biagioli, and these changes forced him to respond swiftly to the opportunities and risks posed by unforeseen inventions, other discoveries, and his opponents.

Focusing on the aspects of Galileo's scientific life that extended beyond court culture and patronage, Biagioli offers a revisionist account of the different systems of exchanges, communication, and credibility at work in Galileo's career. Galileo's Instruments of Credit will fascinate readers interested in the history of astronomy and the history of science in general.

About the Author:
Mario Biagioli is professor of history of science at Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226045610
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Abbreviations     xi
Introduction: From Brass Instruments to Textual Supplements     1
Financing the Aura     21
Distance and the Construction of Scientific Authority
Replication or Monopoly?     77
The Medicean Stars between Invention and Discovery
Between Risk and Credit     135
Picturing Objects in the Making
The Supplemental Economy of Galileo's Book of Nature     219
Epilogue: Unintended Differences     261
Acknowledgments     269
References     271
Index     285

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