Giordano Bruno and Renaissance Science

Giordano Bruno and Renaissance Science

by Hilary Gatti
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801487854

ISBN-13: 9780801487859

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Cornell University Press

The Renaissance philosopher Giordano Bruno was a notable supporter of the new science that arose during his lifetime; his role in its development has been debated ever since the early seventeenth century. Hilary Gatti here reevaluates Bruno's contribution to the scientific revolution, in the process challenging the view that now dominates Bruno criticism among English

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The Renaissance philosopher Giordano Bruno was a notable supporter of the new science that arose during his lifetime; his role in its development has been debated ever since the early seventeenth century. Hilary Gatti here reevaluates Bruno's contribution to the scientific revolution, in the process challenging the view that now dominates Bruno criticism among English-language scholars. This argument, associated with the work of Frances Yates, holds that early modern science was impregnated with and shaped by Hermetic and occult traditions, and has led scholars to view Bruno primarily as a magus. Gatti reinstates Bruno as a scientific thinker and occasional investigator of considerable significance and power whose work participates in the excitement aroused by the new science and its methods at the end of the sixteenth century. Her original research emphasizes the importance of Bruno's links to the magnetic philosophers, from Ficino to Gilbert; Bruno's reading and extension of Copernicus's work on the motions of the earth; the importance of Bruno's mathematics; and his work on the art of memory seen as a picture logic, which she examines in the light of the crises of visualization in present-day science. She concludes by emphasizing Bruno's ethics of scientific discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487859
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
651,934
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction1
Part IBeyond the Renaissance Magus
1."The Pythagorean School and Our Own": Bruno and the Philosopher from Samos13
2.Discovering Copernicus29
Part IIToward a New Science
3.Reading Copernicus: The Ash Wednesday Supper43
4.Beyond Copernicus: De immenso et innumerabilibus78
5.Bruno and the Gilbert Circle86
6.The Infinite Universe99
7.The Infinite Worlds115
8."The Minimum Is the Substance of All Things"128
9.Epistemology I: Bruno's Mathematics143
10.Epistemology II: Picture Logic171
11.Alienation and Reconcilation204
12.An Afterword: The Ethics of Scientific Discovery219
Bibliography239
Index251

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