On the frontlines of the scientific revolution: How mersenne learned to love Galileo

Perspectives on Science 12 (2):135-163 (2004)
: Marin Mersenne was central to the new mathematical approach to nature in Paris in the 1630s and 1640s. Intellectually, he was one of the most enthusiastic practitioners of that program, and published a number of influential books in those important decades. But Mersenne started his career in a rather different way. In the early 1620s, Mersenne was known in Paris primarily as a writer on religious topics, and a staunch defender of Aristotle against attacks by those who would replace him by a new philosophy. In this essay, I would like to examine Mersenne's changing attitude toward Galileo. In the early 1620s, Mersenne lists Galileo among the innovators in natural philosophy whose views should be rejected. However, by the early 1630s, less than a decade later, Mersenne has become one of Galileo's most ardent supporters. How, then, did Mersenne learn to love Galileo?
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1162/106361404323119853
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 24,422
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Gary Brown (1991). The Evolution of the Term "Mixed Mathematics". Journal of the History of Ideas 52 (1):81-102.

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Daniele Cozzoli (2010). The Development of Mersenne's Optics. Perspectives on Science 18 (1):pp. 9-25.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

63 ( #77,474 of 1,924,897 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #308,473 of 1,924,897 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.