Galileo's Art of Thinking

Galileo's Art of Thinking 1

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In a painting by Tito Lessi, Galileo dictates to his son. A new book explores Galileo's involvement in his era's revival of classical learning.

To understand Galileo, do what Galileo did, says Mark A. Peterson: Remain alert to insights from across the arts and sciences.

In Galileo's Muse: Renaissance Mathematics and the Arts (Harvard University Press), Peterson, a professor of mathematics and physics at Mount Holyoke College, argues that the intellectual formation and reach of the great Renaissance thinker has not been fully understood.

And, he adds, an inadequate view of Galileo makes for an