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Galileo's instruments of credit : telescopes, images, secrecy

Author: Mario Biagioli
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Chronicling the six intense years that transformed Galileo Galilei from an obscure mathematics professor running a student boardinghouse in Padua to a defendant in the Church's case against Copernicanism, Galileo's Instruments of Credit proposes radical new interpretations of several famous episodes of Galileo's career - the telescopic discoveries of 1610, the dispute on sunspots, and his early defense of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Galilei, Galileo <1564-1642>
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mario Biagioli
ISBN: 0226045617 9780226045610 9780226045627 0226045625
OCLC Number: 60697013
Description: 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 --
Unintended differences.
Responsibility: Mario Biagioli.
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