Galileo, Courtier: The Practice of Science in the Culture of Absolutism

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University of Chicago Press, 1994 - Science - 402 pages
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Informed by currents in sociology, cultural anthropology, and literary theory, Galileo, Courtier is neither a biography nor a conventional history of science. In the court of the Medicis and the Vatican, Galileo fashioned both his career and his science to the demands of patronage and its complex systems of wealth, power, and prestige. Biagioli argues that Galileo's courtly role was integral to his science—the questions he chose to examine, his methods, even his conclusions.

Galileo, Courtier is a fascinating cultural and social history of science highlighting the workings of power, patronage, and credibility in the development of science.

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Biagioli here views Galileo's career in a new light. Instead of the traditional view of Galileo as the "new scientist'' championing the Copernican cause against the Aristotelians, Biagioli presents a ... Read full review

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Mario Biagioli is distinguished professor of law and science and technology studies and director of the Center for Innovation Studies at the University of California, Davis.

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