Galileo’s Private Course on Fortifications

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


Galileo taught privately in Padova from 1592 to 1609. He offered lessons on a variety of subjects, which, taken together, amounted to a complete course on fortifications typical for the end of the sixteenth century. Individual topics covered by Galileo’s course on fortifications included: the use of mathematical instruments; practical arithmetic and geometry; military architecture; the practical science of machines, with an emphasis on those machines needed to build and maintain fortresses; as well as elements of theoretical geometry, drawing techniques including perspective, geodesy and elements of astronomy, typically in the context of what was held to be the subject of lessons on La sfera, namely practical astronomy.


Sixteenth Century Gear Wheel Drawing Technique Early Modern Period Simple Machine 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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