Essays on Galileo and the History and Philosophy of Science, Volume 1

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University of Toronto Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 476 pages
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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 of our age. During that time, he 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 Science includes 80 of those papers.

Volume I contains a bibliography of the writings of Stillman Drake, biographical sketches of both Galileo and Drake, and various essays covering the broad range of Galileo's scientific endeavors, including outlines of the humanistic and religious background of his era. Other essays take up textual and bibliographical issues, analysing Galileo's mass of notes, treatises, and numerous fragments, previously collected in folios, manuscripts, and unreliable copies. Drake's wide-ranging essays cover Galileo's place in the philosophy of science, his relation to his forebears and impact on posterity, and his contribution to astronomy. In addition, the essays take up ongoing controversies, such as Galileo's stance on the affinity of science with the corpus of human knowledge.

Volume I of Stillman Drake's Essays on Galileo and the History and Philosophy of Science serves as a comprehensive introduction to Galileo's life, science, and writings, and with its forthcoming companion volumes, will indeed be a fitting tribute to the memory of one of Canada's most accomplished scholars.

  

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Contents

Galileos Explorations in Science
3
A Biographical Sketch
5
The Scientific Personality of Galileo
20
Galileos Explorations in Science
34
Mathematics and Poetry in a New Science
50
Mathematics Astronomy and Physics in the Work of Galileo
63
INDEX
73
Measurement in Galileos Science
89
Scientific Method and Philosophy of Science
253
Galileo and the Career of Philosophy
257
Ptolemy Galileo and Scientific Method
273
Galileos Procedures and Metaphysics
293
Theory and Practice in Early Modern Physics
306
Astronomy
321
Copernicanism in Bruno Kepler and Galileo
325
Kepler and Galileo
340

Exact Sciences Primitive Instruments and Galileo
106
The Accademia dei Lincei
126
On the Conflicting Documents of Galileos Trial
142
Galileo and the Church
153
Bibliographical and Textual Studies
167
On the Probable Order of Galileos
171
Dating Unpublished Notes Such As Galileos on Motion
185
The Evolution of De motu
201
Years Sources Motivations
215
Galileo in English Literature of the Seventeenth Century
236
Galileos Steps to Full Copernicanism and Back
351
Galileos Platonic Cosmogony and Keplers Prodromus
364
Galileos First Telescopic Observations
380
Galileo Kepler and Phases of Venus
396
Galileo and Satellite Prediction
410
Galileos Sighting of Neptune with Charles T Kowal
430
A Kind Word for Sizzi
442
A Neglected Galilean Letter
458
INDEX
469
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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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