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The Dutch telescope and the Italian scientist Galileo have lengthy loved a sturdy connection within the well known mind--so a lot in order that it kind of feels this easy glass device reworked a slightly modest middle-aged student into the daring icon of the Copernican Revolution. And but the intense pace with which the telescope replaced the process Galileo's lifestyles and early glossy astronomy obscures the astronomer's personal interestingly not on time come upon with the tool. This booklet considers the lapse among the telescope's construction within the Hague in 1608 and Galileo's alleged acquaintance with such information ten months later. In an inquiry into clinical and cultural historical past, Eileen Reeves explores primary questions of highbrow responsibility: what did Galileo understand of the discovery of the telescope, and whilst did he comprehend it?

The checklist means that Galileo, like any of his friends, at the beginning misunderstood the fundamental layout of the telescope. In trying to clarify the space among the telescope's emergence and the alleged date of the astronomer's acquaintance with it, Reeves explores how and why information regarding the telescope used to be transmitted, suppressed, or misconstrued within the method. Her revised model of occasions, rejecting the standard factors of silence and idleness, is a revealing account of the function that misprision, mistakes, and preconception play within the development of technological know-how.

alongside the best way, Reeves bargains a revised chronology of Galileo's existence in a severe interval and, extra commonly, indicates how files in general outdoor the scope of early smooth usual philosophy--medieval romances, trip literature, and idle speculations--relate to 2 the most important occasions within the background of technology.

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