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HST 325
Conor Burns

“Introduction” By Stillman Drake – Course Kit #5 - “To apply oneself to great inventions, starting from the smallest beginnings, is no task for ordinary minds; to divine that wonderful arts lie hid behind trivial and childish things is a conception for superhuman talents” o This need not diminish the glory of the first observer o Building ideas from scratch o Assists in first thoughts about Galileo as a person - Galileo  works are well written and throw light upon the origins of science (interested area of study) - Refused to write in Latin? Does it play some significance? - Galileo addressed his works to the man of general interests o Briefly explained his method remarkably explaining criterion of truth o Later attempts to explain scientific methods considered less effective o Comparison between Newton and Galileo  Using a Popularizer vs being one  Galileo wrote his material persuasively and effectively and it was written for anyone who could read  Incorporated “sarcastic remarks”  “polemics in science” but made his work eminently readable o Personal comparisons between Newton and Galileo  For ex. Newton cared little for society while Galileo thrived on companionship - Spirit of modern science o Science has never appeared as an unmixed blessing o Men who viewed it with distrust were powerful and numerous  Diminished in later years  free scientific inquiry became apparent  No longer enforce authority over science o State imposes external limitation on science and freedom to communicate related ideas  Universities are impelled by public opinion and government policies o Galileo  fought against fellow adversaries  Combative person describes him more - Pursuit of learning in middle ages  evolved into a formal society  universities o Predominantly Christian society that were imbued by Christian doctrines o Great influence in preserving religious emphasis on scholarly research o Resisting intrusion of unorthodox doctrine  Religiously unorthodox o Maintaining a separation of language between scholars and men in “other walks
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