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By Marco Piccolino,Nicholas J. Wade

ISBN-10: 0199554358

ISBN-13: 9780199554355

Galileo is mostly a pioneer of technological know-how - in particular of mechanics and astronomy - yet a long way much less cognizance has been paid to his paintings at the senses in general, and extra in particular on imaginative and prescient. during this booklet, specialists at the historical past of technological know-how examine the radical ways that Galileo checked out the heavens via his telescope, and, within the procedure, emphasized the significance of distinction phenomena and visible solution for all observations. He additionally defined the senses
and conception in phrases that came across an echo in doctrines complex through 19th century sensory physiologists.

In a desirable and obtainable kind, Marco Piccolino and Nick Wade examine the clinical and philosophical paintings of Galileo Galilei from the actual standpoint of his method of the senses (and specifically imaginative and prescient) as a way of buying reliable wisdom concerning the structure of the area. For Galileo proof from the senses used to be very likely ambiguous, consequently trustworthy details in a position to penetrating the complexity of truth may possibly simply be received by means of examining the sensory data
critically. The philosophical historical past of Galileo's perspective to the senses was once his understanding that nature had no longer constructed a selected language aimed toward speaking with senses in most cases and human senses particularly. Galileo's research of the senses corresponded heavily to a basic guiding principle of
modern sensory body structure and psychophysics - the absence on the earth of particular sensory signs like sounds, shades, tastes, and odours.

Fully illustrated all through, this ebook is a crucial contribution to psychology and the imaginative and prescient sciences, yet extra commonly to our wisdom of a pioneering determine within the background of science.

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