ISBN-10:
0674026675
ISBN-13:
9780674026674
Pub. Date:
01/31/2008
Publisher:
Harvard
Galileo's Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror

Galileo's Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror

by Eileen Reeves
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ISBN-13: 9780674026674
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/31/2008
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Eileen Reeves is Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Hague, 1608

1. The Daily Mirror of Empire

2. Idle Inventions

3. Obscure Procedures and Odd Opponents

4. The Dutch Telescope and the French Mirror

5. The Afterlife of a Legend

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

What People are Saying About This

Eileen Reeves' book provides us with a significant effort for a better understanding of the cultural features involved in the making of the telescope. Highly original and innovative, Galileo's Glassworks paves the way for further inquiries that will deepen our knowledge of the relationship between well-established cultural models and technological innovations.

Michele Camerota

Eileen Reeves' book provides us with a significant effort for a better understanding of the cultural features involved in the making of the telescope. Highly original and innovative, Galileo's Glassworks paves the way for further inquiries that will deepen our knowledge of the relationship between well-established cultural models and technological innovations.
Michele Camerota, Professor of the History of Science at the University of Cagliari

Albert van Helden

The telescope was "invented" in 1608. But what about the events leading up to it? Galileo and his contemporaries were searching for a device with which "from an incredible distance we might read the smallest letters." Eileen Reeves tells a story of "cultural optics:" magical mirrors and political intrigue, and investigators looking for magnifying power in all the wrong places, while the solution lay in the humble spectacle lenses on their noses. An excellent read, and an important contribution to the history of science.

Albert van Helden, Lynette S. Autrey Professor of History, Rice University

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