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Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy

Mario Biagioli


In six short years, Galileo Galilei went from being a somewhat obscure mathematics professor running a student boarding house in Padua to a star in the court of Florence to the recipient of dangerous attention from the Inquisition for his support of Copernicanism. In that brief period, he made a series of astronomical discoveries that reshaped the debate over the physical nature of the heavens: he deeply modified the practices and status of astronomy with the introduction of the telescope and pictorial evidence, proposed a radical reconfiguration of the relationship between theology and astron ... More

Keywords: Galileo Galilei, Copernicanism, astronomy, telescopy, theology, sunspots, Holy Office, court culture, Scripture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226045610
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226045634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mario Biagioli, author