This work counters historiographies that search for the origins of modern science within the experimental practices of Europe's first scientific institutions, such as the Cimento. It proposes that we should look beyond the experimental rhetoric found in published works, to find that the Cimento academicians were participants in a culture of natural philosophical theorising that existed throughout Europe.
Galileo And Beyond.- 350 Years of coming to grips with the experimental activities of Galileo and his followers.- Vincenzio Viviani (1622-1703): Galileo's last disciple.- Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679).- What it meant to be a Cimento academician.- The Accademia Del Cimento: 1657-1662.- Experiments concerning air pressure and the void and a look at the Accademia's internal workings.- The artificial freezing process of liquids, and the properties and effects of heat and cold.- The Accademia Del Cimento: 1662-1667.- The Cimento's publication process and presentational techniques: formulating a policy of self-censorship.- The Saturn problem and the path of comets: an analysis of the academicians' theoretical and observational Astronomy.
Broadly relevant to studies of Scientific Revolution, not just the Accademia del Cimento
Provides fresh insight into early modern scientific academies, especially in Italy
Clear and straightforward style of writing, avoiding convoluted prose common in such works
Challenges dominant historiographies of post-Galilean Italian science
Introduces Anglophones largely unfamiliar with Continental science history, to Italian studies