Camerota’s Galileo Galilei e la cultura scientifica: Between Ptolemy and Copernicus?
Science, Method, and Argument in Galileo
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This essay is a critical examination of Michele Camerota’s Galileo Galilei e la cultura scientifica nell’età della Controriforma (2004). I argue that Camerota’s biography of Galileo is welcome for its timeliness, useful for its breadth, valuable for its depth, usually well-documented, and often insightful. For example, and crucially important, Camerota seems to elaborate correctly the issue of the logical strength of Galileo’s case for the earth’s motion: that he lacked a conclusive proof, but did show that the pro-Copernican arguments were much stronger than the Tychonic as well as Ptolemaic alternatives. I also argue that other parts of Camerota’s account are questionable. For example, he seems to exaggerate Galileo’s readiness to accept Copernicanism; his commitment to the mathematization of natural phenomena; and the extent to which the Inquisition’s condemnation was for heresy rather than disobedience.
Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642; Reviews; Reasoning
Philosophy of Science
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Finocchiaro, M. A.
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