Galileo's Pendulum: Science, Sexuality, and the Body-Instrument Link

Galileo's Pendulum: Science, Sexuality, and the Body-Instrument Link

by Dusan I. Bjelic
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791458822

ISBN-13: 9780791458822

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Drawing on the theories of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and others who have written on the history of sexuality and the body, Galileo’s Pendulum explores how the emergence of the scientific method in the seventeenth century led to a de-emphasis on the body and sexuality. The first half of the book focuses on the historical modeling of the relation between

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Drawing on the theories of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and others who have written on the history of sexuality and the body, Galileo’s Pendulum explores how the emergence of the scientific method in the seventeenth century led to a de-emphasis on the body and sexuality. The first half of the book focuses on the historical modeling of the relation between pleasure and knowledge by examining a history of scientific rationality and its relation to the formation of the modern scientist’s subjectivity. Relying on Foucault’s history of sexuality, the author hypothesizes that Galileo’s pendulum, as an extension of mathematics and the body, must have been sexualized by schemes of historical representation to the same extent that such schemes were rationalized by Galileo. The second half of the book explores the problems of scientific methodology and attempts to return the body in an explicit way to scientific practice. Ultimately, Galileo’s Pendulum offers a discursive method and praxis for resexualizing the history of Galilean science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791458822
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
SUNY series in Science, Technology, and Society Series
Pages:
221
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Lynch

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE: PLEASURE

1. Time, Pleasure, and Knowledge

2. The Perversion of Objectivity and the Objectivity of Perversion

3. The Jesuits' Homosocial Ties and the Experiments with Galileo's Pendulum

PART TWO: PEDAGOGY

4. The "Body-Instrument Link" and the Prism: A Case Study

5. The Formal Structure of Galileo's Pendulum

6. The Respecification of Galileo's Pendulum

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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