Galileo's Instruments of Credit
Telescopes, Images, Secrecy
Galileo's Instruments of Credit proposes radical new interpretations of several key episodes of Galileo's career, including his early telescopic discoveries of 1610, the dispute over sunspots, and the conflict with the Holy Office over the relationship between Copernicanism and Scripture. Galileo's tactics during this time shifted as rapidly as his circumstances, argues Mario Biagioli, and the pace of these changes forced him to respond swiftly to the opportunities and risks posed by unforeseen inventions, further discoveries, and the interventions of his opponents.
Focusing on the aspects of Galileo's scientific life that extend beyond the framework of court culture and patronage, Biagioli offers a revisionist account of the different systems of exchanges, communication, and credibility at work in various phases of Galileo's career. Galileo's Instruments of Credit will find grateful readers among scholars of science studies, historical epistemology, visual studies, Galilean science, and late Renaissance astronomy.
Introduction. From Brass Instruments to Textual Supplements
1. Financing the Aura: Distance and the Construction of Scientific Authority
2. Replication or Monopoly?: The Medicean Stars between Invention and Discovery
3. Between Risk and Credit: Picturing Objects in the Making
4. The Supplemental Economy of Galileo’s Book of Nature
Epilogue. Unintended Differences