Chapter

From Brass Instruments to Textual Supplements

in Galileo's Instruments of Credit

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780226045610
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226045634 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226045634.003.0001
From Brass Instruments to Textual Supplements

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This book proposes radical new interpretations of several key episodes of Galileo's career, including his early telescopic discoveries of 1610, the dispute over sunspots, and the conflict with the Holy Office over the relationship between Copernicanism and Scripture. Galileo's tactics during this time shifted as rapidly as his circumstances, and the pace of these changes forced him to respond swiftly to the opportunities and risks posed by unforeseen inventions, further discoveries, and the interventions of his opponents. Focusing on the aspects of Galileo's scientific life that extend beyond the framework of court culture and patronage, the author offers a revisionist account of the different systems of exchanges, communication, and credibility at work in various phases of Galileo's career.

Keywords: Galileo Galilei; Copernicanism; astronomy; telescopy; theology; sunspots; Holy Office; court culture; Scripture

Chapter.  8487 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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