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Galileo, Scientific Entrepreneur

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Science  07 Jul 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5783, pp. 46-47
DOI: 10.1126/science.1129563

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Galileo's Instruments of Credit. Telescopes, Images, Secrecy. By Mario Biagioli. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2006. 312 pp. $35, £22.50. ISBN 0-226-04561-7.

The author explores how Galileo shifted his tactics as his circumstances changed through such episodes as his early discoveries using the telescope, the dispute over sunspots, and the controversy over the relation between Copernicus's theories and Scripture.