Tagged: Galileo affair

Historians and sociologists just as human as scientists - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 03, 2013

This great Sidney Harris cartoon reminds me of the Big Bang Theory scene where Sheldon and Leonard end up wrestling during a conference presentation by Leonard. It’s also a handy antidote for anyone with an idealistic picture of scientists and … Continue reading → … Read More

Historians of science sometimes miss the wood for the trees - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 14, 2011

I came across this nice little quote recently:* Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind. It’s attributed to  Imre Lakatos, the Hungarian philosopher of mathematics and science. This really … Continue reading → … Read More

Bias in the history of science - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 18, 2011

I am currently reading Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992 by Maurice A. Finocchiaro. This certainly provides some background to the current mythology about the Galileo affair (see The Galileo myths). Apparently Galileo’s trial never stopped with his sentencing in 1633 – he … Continue reading → … Read More

Galileo’s modern critics - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 08, 2011

What is it with some philosophical and historical commenters who take sides against Galileo in his 17th century dispute with the Church? Perhaps because we now have many documents from that period (17th century) – including Galileo’s original writings, official … Continue reading → … Read More

Historical fiction - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 27, 2011

Sometimes a historical fiction by a good and responsible author can be very informative. Of course one should always check reliable sources for details. But a good author can do a lot of that research for you. And they can … Continue reading → … Read More

The Galileo myths - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 30, 2011

For a while there I had wondered if I was the only one who noticed the current attempts of theistically motivated historians and philosophers to rewrite the history of the Galileo affair. But no, greater minds have come to a … Continue reading → … Read More