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The Cambridge companion to Galileo
Machamer, Peter K.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xii, 462 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"Cambridge companions to philosophy"--p. [iii].
Galileo's Pisan studies in science and philosophy / Galileo's machines, his mathematics, and his experiments / Use and abuse of mathematical entities / Inertial problems in Galileo's preinertial framework / From Galileo to Augustine / Galileo's Copernicanism / Galileo's discoveries with the telescope and their evidence for the Copernican theory / Galileo on science and Scripture / Could there be another Galileo case? / God of theologians and the god of astronomers / Never-ending Galileo story / Sepulchers of Galileo
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Not only a hero of the scientific revolution, but after his conflict with the church, a hero of science, Galileo is today rivalled in the popular imagination only by Newton and Einstein. But what did Galileo actually do, and what are the sources of the popular image we have of him? This 1998 collection of specially-commissioned essays is unparalleled in the depth of its coverage of all facets of Galileo's work. A particular feature of the volume is the treatment of Galileo's relationship with the church. It will be of interest to philosophers, historians of science, cultural historians and those in religious studies.

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Twelve essays discuss the formative influences on Galileo's science and philosophy, the early work he did at Pisa, and his machines, mathematics, and experiments. The significance of certain Jesuit ideas for Galileo is analyzed, and questions related to his support for Copernicus and the value of his telescopic observations in particular are discussed in detail. Galileo's views on science and religion, the extent to which theology served as a foundation for his science, and whether or not there could ever be another Galileo case and trial are also considered. Two concluding chapters explore the popular images and various "myths" about Galileo as hero and martyr, along with a full discussion of the controversy over Galileo's burial in 1642. Paolo Galluzzi (director, Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence) recounts the subsequent long and complex history of attempts to erect a suitable tomb for Galileo, a story replete with political, theological, professional, and personal confrontations. Editor Machamer provides an informative introduction and brief chronology of Galileo's life. Interesting, informative, and indeed essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the nature and complexity of Galileo's life and science. Extensive bibliography. Excellent resource. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. J. W. Dauben; CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College

Table of Contents

IntroductionPeter Machamer
1 GalileoÆs Pisan studies in science and philosophyWilliam Wallace
2 GalileoÆs machines, his mathematics and his experimentsPeter Machamer
3 The use and abuse of mathematical entities: Galileo and the Jesuits revisitedRivka Feldhay
4 Inertial problems in GalileoÆs pre-inertial frameworkWallace Hooper
5 From Galileo to AugustinePietro Redondi
6 GalileoÆs Copernicanism: the science and the rhetoricWilliam Shea
7 GalileoÆs contribution to astronomy and conflicts with the churchNoel Swerdlow
8 Galileo on science and scriptureErnan McMullin
9 Could there be another Galileo case?Richard Blackwell
10 The God of theologians and the God of astronomers: an apology ofBellarmine Marcello Pera
11 The never ending Galileo storyMichael Segre
12 The sepulchers of Galileo: the æLivingÆ remains of a hero of sciencePaolo Galluzzi