Instruments and Machines

  • Matteo Valleriani
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 269)


Galileo’s apprenticeship allowed him to build bridges to mathematicians, philosophers and several kinds of artist-engineers and craftsmen, including mirror makers, military engineers, and machine builders. In the context of such a network, Galileo cultivated and practiced all of these activities himself. He opened his own workshop in Padova, which produced mathematical instruments for military officers; starting in 1610, upon his move to Florence in the service of the Grand Duke, he made optical instruments destined primarily for military use; and over the course of his life he became a recognized expert on machines, especially on those devices useful for living and fighting within fortresses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany

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