Galileo, Courtier The Practice of Science in the Culture of Absolutism

ISBN-10: 0226045609

ISBN-13: 9780226045603

Edition: N/A

Authors: Mario Biagioli
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Description: Informed by currents in sociology, cultural anthropology, and literary theory, Galileo, Courtier is neither a biography nor a conventional history of science. In the court of the Medicis and the Vatican, Galileo fashioned both his career and his science to the demands of patronage and its complex systems of wealth, power, and prestige. Biagioli argues that Galileo's courtly role was integral to his science—the questions he chose to examine, his methods, even his conclusions.Galileo, Courtier is a fascinating cultural and social history of science highlighting the workings of power, patronage, and credibility in the development of science.

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Mario Biagioli is distinguished professor of law and science and technology studies and director of the Center for Innovation Studies at the University of California, Davis. 

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments Prologue: Court Culture and the Legitimation of Science
Galileo's Self-fashioning
Discoveries and Etiquette
Anatomy of a Court Dispute
The Anthropology of Incommensurability Intermezzo: Roma Theatrum Mundi
Courtly Comets
Framing Galileo's Trial
Epilogue: From Patronage to Academies: A Hypothesis
References
Index
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