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Approaching Galileo’s science through a fable

Marco Piccolino and Nicholas J. Wade

in Galileo's Visions

Published in print December 2013 | ISBN: 9780199554355
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191766978 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554355.003.0001
Approaching Galileo’s science through a fable

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The traditional view of Galileo’s science is that of a powerful but rather detached approach to the investigation of the world, based on the precision of mathematics and the validity of scientific knowledge. This way of thinking is largely contradicted by reading his texts which show a more open and receptive attitude to the richness of reality and to the ways of inquiring about its constitution. Far from being a ‘cold’ science, Galileo’s inquisitive approach is characterized by an emotional and artistic dimension as is evident in many of his texts and particularly by the ‘fable of the sound’, a beautiful passage in his Saggiatore.

Keywords: comets; fables; sounds; light reflections; moon phases

Chapter.  11577 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology ; Neuroscience

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