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Prelude to Galileo: Essays on Medieval and Sixteenth-Century Sources of Galileo's Thought (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science) [Hardcover]

By W. A. Wallace (Author)
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Studio: Springer
Pages   392
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 1981
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  9027712158  
ISBN13  9789027712158  


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The folly of the continuity thesis  Jul 27, 2009
This book is a simpleminded defence of the continuity thesis. Wallace's attempt to establish a continuity is restricted to Galileo's early notebooks, which were related to his teaching. Therefore, at best, this establishes a continuity between medieval science and Galileo's *teaching,* not Galileo's *actual science.* This form of the "continuity thesis" (the only form defended here) is the most banal truism imaginable. What else was he supposed to teach? Of course he did not have his own theory at this early stage. So of course he had to rely on various authorities. Nowhere is there any argument that this has the slightest relevance for understanding Galileo's mature science. Instead Wallace spends all his time on various baroque linguistic analyses intended to show that in the notebooks Galileo was plagiarising one mediocre and irrelevant author rather than another.
 

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