A whole new Galileo

August 11, 2004
Mario Biagioli’s Galileo, Courtier: The Practice of Science in the Culture of Absolutism is a real eye-opener. Fascinating, readable, well-researched, Biagioli takes us beyond the ever-present conventional portraits of Galileo as “father of modern science” and weaves an enthralling tale that takes us into a world that is very different than our own. Here we see Galileo in his 16th century context rather than through the anachronism of enlightenment and positivism. And what a strange and wonderful picture it is: a world of courtly patronage and emblamatics that Galileo navigated as skillfully as he did the worlds of mathematics and natural philosophy. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the history, science, the Renaissance or even just a good story with fascinating ideas and personalities.

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~ by severalfourmany on August 11, 2004.

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