Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226045603 Published November 1994
An e-book edition will be published.

Galileo, Courtier

The Practice of Science in the Culture of Absolutism

Mario Biagioli

Galileo, Courtier
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Mario Biagioli

416 pages | 10 halftones, 4 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 1993
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226045603 Published November 1994
E-book $25.00 ISBN: 9780226218977 Will Publish May 2010
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.
List of Illustrations
Prologue: Court Culture and the Legitimation of Science
1: Galileo's Self-fashioning
2: Discoveries and Etiquette
3: Anatomy of a Court Dispute
4: The Anthropology of Incommensurability
Intermezzo: Roma Theatrum Mundi
5: Courtly Comets
6: Framing Galileo's Trial
Epilogue: From Patronage to Academies: A Hypothesis
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