The life and works of Galileo Galilei have been recounted numerous times and in a variety of ways in the 400 years since he lived. He has been studied as one of the first modern scientists, as an astronomer, a physicist, and a man of the late Italian Renaissance. Here we will look at him from a more social angle, which has been less explored and is especially relevant in this encyclopedia: the role that public communication plays in the development of science. In Galileo's time, what we now know as science was not at all well defined. Neither the practices nor the people and places were clearly established. This meant that the study of nature could be done in more than one way, and ...

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