October 30, 2011
Galileo's Art of Thinking
Scala, Art Resource
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