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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 sort of feels this straightforward glass software reworked a slightly modest middle-aged pupil into the daring icon of the Copernican Revolution. And but the intense velocity with which the telescope replaced the process Galileo's existence and early smooth astronomy obscures the astronomer's personal interestingly not on time come upon with the device. 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 be aware of of the discovery of the telescope, and whilst did he realize it?

The checklist means that Galileo, like every of his friends, before everything misunderstood the fundamental layout of the telescope. In looking 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 technique. Her revised model of occasions, rejecting the standard reasons of silence and idleness, is a revealing account of the position that misprision, blunders, and preconception play within the development of technological know-how.

alongside the way in which, Reeves deals a revised chronology of Galileo's existence in a serious interval and, extra often, indicates how records more often than not outdoor the scope of early sleek average philosophy--medieval romances, go back and forth literature, and idle speculations--relate to 2 the most important occasions within the historical past of technology.

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