Prelude to Galileo

Essays on Medieval and Sixteenth-Century Sources of Galileo’s Thought

  • William A. Wallace

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 62)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Medieval Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William A. Wallace
      Pages 3-28
  3. The Sixteenth-Century Achievement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. William A. Wallace
      Pages 64-77
    3. William A. Wallace
      Pages 78-90
    4. William A. Wallace
      Pages 91-109
    5. William A. Wallace
      Pages 110-126
  4. Galileo in the Sixteenth-Century Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. William A. Wallace
      Pages 129-159
    3. William A. Wallace
      Pages 160-191
    4. William A. Wallace
      Pages 192-252
    5. William A. Wallace
      Pages 253-263
    6. William A. Wallace
      Pages 264-285
    7. William A. Wallace
      Pages 286-299
  5. From Medieval to Early Modern Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. William A. Wallace
      Pages 303-319
    3. William A. Wallace
      Pages 320-340
    4. William A. Wallace
      Pages 341-348
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 349-372

About this book


Can it be true that Galilean studies will be without end, without conclusion, that each interpreter will find his own Galileo? William A. Wallace seems to have a historical grasp which will have to be matched by any further workers: he sees directly into Galileo's primary epoch of intellectual formation, the sixteenth century. In this volume, Wallace provides the companion to his splendid annotated translation of Galileo 's Early Notebooks: The Physical Questions (University of Notre Dame Press, 1977), pointing to the 'realist' sources, mainly unearthed by the author himself during the past two decades. Explicit controversy arises, for the issues are serious: nominalism and realism, two early rivals for the foundation of knowledge, contend at the birth of modem science, OI better yet, contend in our modem efforts to understand that birth. Related to this, continuity and discontinuity, so opposed to each other, are interwoven in the interpretive writings ever since those striking works of Duhem in the first years of this century, and the later studies of Annaliese Maier, Alexandre Koyre and E. A. Moody. Historio­ grapher as well as philosopher, WaUace has critically supported the continuity of scientific development without abandoning the revolutionary transforma­ tive achievement of Galileo's labors. That continuity had its contemporary as well as developmental quality; and we note that William Wallace's Prelude studies are complementary to Maurice A.


Galileo Galilei realism science

Authors and affiliations

  • William A. Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PhilosophyThe Catholic University of AmericaWashington, D.C.USA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8406-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8404-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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