Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy

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Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy By Mario Biagioli
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press 2006 | 316 Pages | ISBN: 0226045617 | PDF | 2 MB

"Inventive. Supple. Responsive to local conditions. Imaginative. Opportunistic. . . Do these terms apply to Galileo's self-fashioning in the vexed world of early seventeenth-century Italy or to Mario Biagioli's masterful study of the master-manipulator of credit? To both, of course. This fascinating, richly documented tale of the intersection of early print culture and science will challenge and delight all readers interested in the ways that belief must be generated in order for truth to exist."-Mary Poovey, author of A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (Mary Poovey )

"Biagioli established his repute in the field with an important work on Galileo's enterprises in Florence and Rome, Galileo Courtier, a decade ago. Galileo's Instruments of Credit is a remarkable and impressive set of discussions of crucial episodes in the history of modern sciences."-Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge (Simon Schaffer )

"As Biagioli has previously shown, Galileo's science was not done in a social and institutional vacuum. In this book, Biagioli expands his scope, examining metaphors of nature, the uses of pictorial evidence, and ideas about intellectual property and scientific authority within the context of the shifting rhetorical strategies Galileo employed in his battle for the emerging new science."-Albert van Helden, Institute for the History and Foundations of Science, University of Utrecht (Albert van Helden )

"In 1609, while he was professor of mathematics at Padua in Italy, and in his mid-40s, Galileo Galilei heard of the invention of the telescope by Hans Lippershey and constructed a vastly improved version with lenses that he ground himself. Within six years, the astronomical discoveries he made with it took him from being an unknown mathematics professor running a student boarding house to a star of the court of the Medici in Florence, where he soon found himself at the receiving end of unwelcome attention from the Inquisition. Biagioli reinterprets key episodes of Galileo''s career and shows how his tactics rapidly shifted to match his changing circumstances. His study presents a fresh and interesting view of the challenges faced by the 17th century scientist."-Antony Anderson, New Scientist (Antony Anderson, New Scientist )

"Galileo's Instruments of Credit is worth reading, both to see where studies of Galileo are going and to understand the uneasy but always interesting relationship between the history of science and contemporary science studies.... offers a number of interesting insights into how to understand the uses of instruments and images in early modern science."-Paula Findlen, Science (Paula Findlen Science )

"Throughout Biagioli displays his inimitable ingenuity and his interpretive prowess to say things that are always original, insightful, and interesting. The result is a well-documented and well-argued interpretation of Galileo''s crucial years."- Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences (Maurice A. Finocchiaro Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences )

"Biagioli combines careful empirical investigations and an on-going dialogue with theoretical issues. . . . An important contribution to Galilean studies, to issues of credit and authorship, and to broader issues relevant to the history of science and the investigation of knowledge production."-Pamela O. Long, American Historical Review (Pamela O. Long American Historical Review )

"Biagioli has produced a complex and compelling account of the discoveries and debates of these crucial years."-Eileen Reeves, Isis (Eileen Reeves Isis )



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