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Galileo's Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge

Nick Wilding


Galileo’s Idol is a historical case-study of the use of information in the making of early modern scientific knowledge. It studies the relationship between natural philosophical and political practices in the Venetian Mediterranean at the start of the seventeenth-century. Using the figure of Galileo’s closest friend and confidant, Gianfrancesco Sagredo (1571~1620), it shows how techniques of political information exchange were appropriated by early practitioners of the new science. Practices such as intercepting, leaking and archiving documents were used to redirect information towards varied ... More

Keywords: astronomy, diplomacy, Gianfrancesco Sagredo, Galileo, Telescope, satire, science, Venice, Mediterranean

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226166971
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226167022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Wilding, author
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Georgia State University