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Galileo in Context

Galileo in Context

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  • Editor: Jürgen Renn, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
Jürgen Renn, Wolfgang Lefèvre, Peter Damerow, Simone Rieger, Domenico Giulini, Horst Bredekamp, Sara Booth, Albert van Helden, Rivka Feldhay, Paolo Galluzzi, Mario Biagioli, Giuseppe Castagnetti, Michele Camerota, Hans-Werner Schütt
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  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521001038

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  • This survey of recent attempts to dispel the myth of Galileo as isolated pioneer explores the intellectual, cultural and social contexts that substantially shaped Galilean science. Particular attention is paid to the influence of contemporary engineer-scientists on Galilean experimental physics, the influence of artists on the visual representation techniques used in Galilean astronomy, and the influence of the power structures of Galileo's day on the way in which scientific information was organized and communicated.

    • Intriguing approach to Galileo scholarship
    • Includes translations of several historical papers on Galileo
    • Contributions from leading scholars in the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[A] valuable contribution to Galileo studies." Sheila J. Rabin, St. Peter's College, Sixteenth Century Journal

    "This is an excellent anthology of original essays...It is essential for specialists and useful for anyone wanting to learn more about Galileo's work." Isis

    "[Renn] is to be congratulated for offering the reader such a collection of important essays." Renaissance Quarterly

    "This is not only a book that demands attention because of its great scholarly work on Galileo, but it also presents some pertinent historiographical issues." Seventeenth Century News

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521001038
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 175 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jürgen Renn
    Part I. The Context of the Practitioners: Mechanics and its New Objects:
    1. Galileo engineer: art and modern science Wolfgang Lefèvre
    2. Hunting the white elephant: when and how did Galileo discover the Law of Fall? Jürgen Renn, Peter Damerow and Simone Rieger
    Part II. The Context of the Artists: Astronomy and its New Representations:
    3. Gazing hands and blind spots: Galileo as draftsman Horst Bredekamp
    4. The virgin and the telescope: the moons of Cigoli and Galileo Sara Booth and Albert van Helden
    Part III. The Contexts of the Church, Patrons and Colleagues: New Science and Traditional Power Structures:
    5. Recent narratives on Galileo and the church: or the three dogmas of the Counter-Reformation Rivka Feldhay
    6. Gassendi and l'Affaire Galilée of the Laws of Motion Paolo Galluzzi
    7. Replication or monopoly? The economies of invention and discovery in Galileo's observations of 1610 Mario Biagioli
    Appendix: A forgotten controversy: Introductory note Jürgen Renn
    Raffaello Caverni and his History of the Experimental Method in Italy Giuseppe Castagnetti and Michele Camerota
    An excerpt from History of the Experimental Method in Italy Raffaello Caverni
    Antonio Favaro and the Edizione Nazionale of Galileo's Works Giuseppe Castagnetti and Michele Camerota
    Apocryphal Galilean writings Antonio Favaro
    Emil Wohlwill, Galileo and His Battle for the Copernican System Hans-Werner Schütt
    The discovery of the parabolic shape of the projectile trajectory Emil Wohlwill.

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    Jürgen Renn, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin


    Jürgen Renn, Wolfgang Lefèvre, Peter Damerow, Simone Rieger, Domenico Giulini, Horst Bredekamp, Sara Booth, Albert van Helden, Rivka Feldhay, Paolo Galluzzi, Mario Biagioli, Giuseppe Castagnetti, Michele Camerota, Hans-Werner Schütt

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