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GALILEO'S DISCORSI AND MERSENNE'S NOUVELLES PENSEES: MERSENNE AS A READER OF GALILEAN 'EXPERIENCE'

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This study examines Marin Mersenne's 1639 Nouvelles Pensees de Galilee, a translation and adaptation of Galileo Galilei's 1638 Discorsi. I use the translation as a window into how Mersenne, a reader trained in natural philosophy, read and understood Galileo's text and, in particular, Galileo's use of experience to support his claims. This analysis reveals that Mersenne drew on a variety of techniques and conceptions of experience in rendering Galileo's individual accounts of experience and experiment. The differences in the way the two authors relate discourse and experience is shown to be linked to their choices of genre and the varying motivations each brought to their texts.

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2008-01-01
2016-12-05

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