Was Galileo an Engineer?

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


The most accepted view on Galileo portrays him as the great theoretician, the genius, the lone thinker who founded the modern science that changed the world dramatically through the scientific revolution. But Galileo was also an engineer, even a craftsman, who spent his life working with engineers, masters, and mathematicians. He was neither a genius nor a lonely thinker: His science is rooted in the practical knowledge of his time, and the paths of his speculations can be understood perfectly if the context of his work and of the problems considered urgently in need of a solution are taken into account.


Sixteenth Century Practical Knowledge Military Officer Early Modern Period Mechanical Question 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

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

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