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The Specter of the Telescope

The Specter of the Telescope

Radical Instrumentalism from Galileo to Hooke

Chapter Three (p.79) The Specter of the Telescope
Baroque Science
Ofer GalRaz Chen-Morris
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines history of the telescope and the radical instrumentalism from Galileo to Robert Hooke. It suggests that the naturalization and depersonalization of naked eye observation is the complement of the mathematization of the instrument and its objects. It also describes how Hooke legitimized radical instrumentalism with the notion of the instrument as a mathematical extension of reason that enables the observer to read “the language of mathematics”.

Keywords:   telescope, radical instrumentalism, galileo, robert hooke, naked eye, mathematization, mathematical extension, reason, language of mathematics

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