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Galileo's Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror

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The Dutch telescope and the Italian scientist Galileo have long enjoyed a durable connection in the popular mind--so much so that it seems this simple glass instrument transformed a rather modest middle-aged scholar into the bold icon of the Copernican Revolution. And yet the extraordinary speed with which the telescope changed the course of Galileo's life and early modern ...more
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Harvard University Press
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David
Sep 14, 2008 David rated it it was ok
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This is a good book if you are interested in the context in which the telescope was invented, and Galileo's interaction with it. But it's quite specialized - you really have to be interested in exactly that.

It reads a bit like a student paper. A very good one, but a student paper nonetheless. It has that "I read a lot of books, letters, and papers, so dammit I'm going to cite them all whether or not they're really relevant" feeling. Going along with that are the other problems of the book: it ha
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Tlaura
Mar 28, 2015 Tlaura rated it really liked it
Full of fun information about late 16th century Europe and interesting context for how the modern telescope exploded on the scene in 1608, once somebody finally hit on the idea of switching out a concave mirror for a lens in designing a magnifying device. Reeves gives a feel for how historical-legendary accounts of ancient magnifying and burning mirrors were slowly giving way to more practical philosophy of optics based on refraction, and how different kinds of information competed in an incredi ...more
Liz V.
Sep 23, 2014 Liz V. rated it it was ok
The author is a professor, and it comes through in her writing. While technically correct, does Middle English have a place in a general audience book or should it be reserved to text books?
Kadri
Jul 26, 2015 Kadri rated it really liked it
I found this book quite interesting, and it's low rating on Goodreads is quite surprising, but I guess would be more understandable if low ratings came from readers who hoped to find out more about Galileo Galilei's life or about the history of the telescope.

Galileo didn't invent the telescope. This book goes to show what Galileo was probably dealing with in optics before finally getting a better idea of what the newly discovered telescope really entailed. It's fascinating though in a similar wa
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Leah
Jun 24, 2008 Leah rated it it was ok
I love astronomy and was sure that this book was right up my alley. However, I couldn't get into it. It was worse than reading a text book for me.
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