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Galileo's Instruments of Credit Telescopes, Images, Secrecy

ISBN-10: 0226045625

ISBN-13: 9780226045627

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mario Biagioli

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In six years, Galileo Galilei went from being a mathematics professor to a star in the court of Florence to a target of the Inquisition. And during that time, Galileo made a series of astronomical discoveries that reshaped the ideas of the physical nature of the heavens and transformed him from a university mathematician into a court philosopher.nbsp; Galileo's Instruments of Creditproposes radical new interpretations of key episodes of Galileo's career, including his 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 shifted as rapidly as his circumstances, argues Mario Biagioli, and these changes forced him to respond swiftly to the opportunities and risks posed by unforeseen inventions, other discoveries, and his opponents.nbsp; Focusing on the aspects of Galileo's scientific life that extended beyond court culture and patronage, Biagioli offers a revisionist account of the different systems of exchanges, communication, and credibility at work in Galileo's career.Galileo's Instruments of Creditwill fascinate readers interested in the history of astronomy and the history of science in general.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.14" wide x 8.98" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 0.946
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
Abbreviations
Introduction: From Brass Instruments to Textual Supplements
Financing the Aura
Distance and the Construction of Scientific Authority
Replication or Monopoly?
The Medicean Stars between Invention and Discovery
Between Risk and Credit
Picturing Objects in the Making
The Supplemental Economy of Galileo's Book of Nature
Epilogue: Unintended Differences
Acknowledgments
References
Index