Galileo: Watcher of the Skies

Galileo: Watcher of the Skies

David Wootton

Language: English

Pages: 344

ISBN: 0300197292

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Galileo (1564-1642) is one of the most important & controversial figures in the history of science. Tackling Galileo as astronomer, engineer, & author, this book places him at the centre of Renaissance culture. It draws extensively on Galileo's voluminous letters, many of which were self-censored & sly.

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Delighted to abandon the idea of the earth as being made in order to provide a habitation for man. The jokes about the land of Cockayne were precisely the opposite of the point: the puzzle about Nardi's earth is not that we have to kill and cook our own food, but that we ourselves are not killed and cooked. Thus theology is replaced by geology, and providence by a set of random factors that happen to make the earth habitable. This is, at best, indirect evidence regarding Galileo's (un)belief.

But the Piarists were cleared of these charges. So Sozzi proceeded to attack them for being pupils and admirers of Galileo. He claimed that the grand duke had provided scholarships so that they could educate gifted youngsters in Galileo's scientific beliefs, and that manuscript copies of Galileo's works would be found in the possession of their pupils.8 This charge was, in its essentials, correct. We know that the founder of the Piarist order, José de Calasanz, had arranged for a group of able.

Fallacy: if there were no dry land, then there would be no animals.29 Since we cannot tell when providential ordering is absent, we cannot tell when it is present. Here he parted company decisively with the Platonic tradition, which insisted that the universe had been designed to fit humanity's capacity for understanding.30 Above all, there is no evidence prior to 1639 that Galileo believed that Christ died to save our souls from damnation. To employ a terminology that is inherently.

The doctors, and at this moment his years of medical education were suddenly, unexpectedly, relevant. I have casually referred to The Starry Messenger as a ‘factual record’. Galileo did not describe it as such. The word ‘fact’ (and its equivalents in Italian and French) comes from the Latin verb ‘facere’, to do. A fact is initially a deed, an act. In a legal context, the factum is the deed which is the subject of litigation. John stabbed Thomas: that is the factum which must be established,.

Machine that will lift a very large weight a small distance; within the machine a small amount of water will have to travel a large distance. This is the principle on which hydraulic lifts and presses work. Galileo's little book provoked considerable comment. Four books appeared attacking it, while Galileo's disciple Benedetto Castelli published a substantial work defending it (a book which was in fact jointly written by Galileo and Castelli).28 Galileo's treatise on floating bodies represents.

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