Galileo's Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Science - 239 pages
Galileo and the Dutch telescope have long enjoyed a durable connection in the popular mind, transforming a rather modest middle-aged scholar into the icon of the Copernican Revolution. And yet the speed with which the telescope changed the course of Galileo's life and early modern astronomy obscures his actual delayed encounter with the instrument. This book considers the lapse between the telescope's 1608 creation in The Hague and Galileo's acquaintance with such news ten months later. Along the way, Reeves offers a revised chronology of Galileo's life in this critical period.

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An account of the crucial period between the development of the telescope in The Hague and when Galileo acquired the device less than a year later. Reeves seeks to revise the traditional ... Read full review

GALILEO'S GLASSWORKS: The Telescope and the Mirror

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A survey of Renaissance lore regarding magnifying mirrors and lenses.Reeves (Comparative Literature/Princeton Univ.) is more interested in what Galileo and his contemporaries believed about telescopic ... Read full review


1 The Daily Mirror of Empire
2 Idle Inventions
3 Obscure Procedures and Odd Opponents
4 The Dutch Telescope and the French Mirror
5 The Afterlife of a Legend

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Reeves is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She specializes in seventeeth-century scientific literature.

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