Essays on Galileo and the History and Philosophy of Science, Volume 3

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Philosophy - 379 pages

For forty years, beginning with the publication of the first modern English translation of the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Stillman Drake was the most original and productive scholar of Galileo's scientific work. During those years, Drake published sixteen books on Galileo, including translations of almost all the major writings, and Galileo at Work, the most comprehensive study of Galileo's life and works ever written. Drake also published about 130 papers, of which nearly 100 are on Galileo and the rest on related aspects of the history and philosophy of science. The three-volume collection Essays on Galileo and the History and Philosophy of Scienceincludes 80 of those papers.

In the papers included in Volume III, Drake explores some of the more technical and practical aspects of Galileo's work, focusing on his contributions to scientific instrumentation. The essays then turn to the history of science, demonstrating the breadth of Drake's interests both beyond and relating to the work of Galileo. These interests are again evident in the final papers in the collection, in which Drake writes on the philosophy of science and language.

This collection draws to conclusion Drake's writings on Galileo, capturing the influences and themes in Galileo's life and work.

 

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Contents

Galileo and the First Mechanical Computing Device
5
Tartaglias Squadra and Galileos Compasso
15
Galileos First Telescopes at Padua and Venice
33
An Unpublished Letter of Galileo to Peiresc
45
Ancient Medieval Renaissance Seventeenth Century
57
Euclid Book V from Eudoxus to Dedekind
61
Galileo Galilei from AJlegrini Serit di ritratti 176673
73
HipparchusGeminusGalileo
76
The Spread of Science beyond the Universities I 18
118
The PseudoAristotelian Questions of Mechanics in Renaissance Culture with Paul L Rose
131
An Agricultural Economist of the Late Renaissance
170
Renaissance Music and Experimental Science
190
Music and Philosophy in Early Modern Science
208
Buridan Benedetti
279
A B Johnson and His Works on Language
327
INDEX
387

Bradwardines Function Mediate Denomination and Multiple Continua
87
Medieval Ratio Theory vs Compound Medicines in the Origins of Bradwardines Rule
105

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About the author (1999)

N.M. Swerdlow is Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago. T.H. LEVERE is Professor and Director, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto.

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