Elk Theories — A Galilean Strategy for Validating a New Scientific Discovery

  • Neil Thomason
Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 12)


In January 1610, Galileo turned his telescope toward Jupiter and soon afterwards announced that he had discovered four moons circling it. Although a considerable controversy ensued, by the summer of 1611 a consensus had emerged among the knowledgeable that the telescope was reliable (at least in this case) in the super-lunar realm and that the Jovian system was real. This is a remarkably fast closure of serious debate about a complex scientific issue, considering the slowness of early 17th century communication, the problematic nature of the new instrument and the importance of the astronomical discovery.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil Thomason
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  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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