Galileo: Causation and the Use of Geometry

  • Joseph C. Pitt
Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 14)


While Galileo is acknowledged to have been a crucial figure in the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, not everyone agrees on the nature of his role. Confusion over what counts as a contribution in the context of extensive conceptual change constitutes the major reason for the disagreement.


Conceptual Framework Conceptual Change Scientific Revolution Normal Science Scientific Image 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph C. Pitt
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  1. 1.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityUSA

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