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Replication or Monopoly?

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/9780226045634.003.0003
Replication or Monopoly?

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This chapter presents an account of the production and reception of Galileo's telescopic observations of 1609–10 that focuses on the relationship between credit and disclosure. The historiography on Galileo's discoveries has traditionally clustered around two very different views of evidence. Some have treated telescopic evidence as unproblematic, dismissing Galileo's critics as stubborn and obscurantist. Others have argued instead that Galileo's discoveries were not self-evident, and that their making and acceptance depended on specific perceptual dispositions (possibly connected to his training in the visual arts), commitments to heliocentrism, or unique (and possibly tacit) skills at telescope making.

Keywords: Galileo; telescopic observations; astronomers

Chapter.  26034 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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