Galileo's idol : Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the politics of knowledge (eBook, 2014) []
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Galileo's idol : Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the politics of knowledge

Galileo's idol : Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the politics of knowledge

Author: Nick Wilding
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
'Galileo's Idol' is a historical case-study of the use of information in the making of early modern scientific knowledge. It studies the relationship between natural philosophical and political practices in the Venetian Mediterranean at the start of the seventeenth century. Using the figure of Galileo's closest friend and confidant, Gianfrancesco Sagredo (1571-1620), it shows how techniques of political information  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wilding, Nick.
Galileo's idol
(DLC) 2014012022
Named Person: Gianfrancesco Sagredo; Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Gianfrancesco Sagredo
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Wilding
ISBN: 9780226167022 022616702X
OCLC Number: 894668698
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: The generation and dissolution of images --
Becoming a "great magneticall man" --
Drawing weapons --
Interceptions --
Interconnections --
Transalpine messengers --
Masks --
Conclusion: science, intercepted.
Responsibility: Nick Wilding.
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Offers a vivid depiction of Galileo's friend, student, and patron, Gianfrancesco Sagredo (1571-1620). The author uses as wide a variety of sources as possible - paintings, ornamental woodcuts,  Read more...


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