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Notes ✸ 257 Notes Preface 1. Albert Einstein to Max Brod, 22 February 1949, Einstein Papers Project, item 34–066, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. 2. Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe (New York: Simon and Schuster , 2007), 1–7. 3. Jürgen Neffe, Einstein, A Biography, trans. Shelley Frisch (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), 95. 4. Sweeping currents of meaning and debates precede my sentences and threaten to swallow up my point in the hollow suspicion that I am likely trying to criticize the sciences. How can we escape the seeping context of the“the two cultures” and“the science wars” and all that makes us suspect that someone hurls rocks either from within science or against it? We can try. 5. Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything (New York: Random House/ Broadway Books, 2003), acknowledgments. 6. Tony Rothman, Everything’s Relative: And Other Fables from Science and Technology (Hoboken, N. J.: John Wiley and Sons, 2003). John Waller, Einstein’s Luck: The Truth Behind Some of the Greatest Scientific Discoveries (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). 7. Rothman, Everything’s Relative, xv. 8. Ronald N. Numbers, ed., Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009), 7. 9.“Amanda” (Becki Newton), in Ugly Betty, ABC television network, 2008. 10. Rothman, Everything’s Relative, x, xi. 11. Karl Popper,“Science: Conjectures and Refutations,” (lecture, Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1953); printed in Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (New York: Basic Books, 1962), 50. Chapter 1. Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa 1. R. A. Gregory, Discovery, or The Spirit and Service of Science (London: Macmillan and Co., 1916), 2. 2. Ivor B. Hart, Makers of Science; Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, with an introduction by Charles Singer (London: Oxford University Press, 1923), 105. 257 3. J. J. Fahie,“The Scientific Works of Galileo,” in Studies in the History and Method of Science, ed. Charles Singer, vol. 2 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1921), 216. 4. James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, Saleem Watson, College Algebra, 5th ed. (Belmont, California: Cengage Learning, 2008), 293; Richard Panchyk and Buzz Aldrin, Galileo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 25 Activities, rev. ed. (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2005), 33; Leon Lederman, with Dick Teresi, The God Particle (1993; repr., New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006), 73–74; Wendy MacDonald and Paolo Rui, Galileo’s Leaning Tower Experiment: A Science Adventure (Watertown, Mass.: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2009); Chris Oxlade, Gravity (Chicago: Heinemann-Raintree Library, 2006), 28; Rachel Hilliam, Galileo Galilei: Father of Modern Science (New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, 2005), 101; Ellen Kottler, Victoria Brookhart Costa, Secrets to Success for Science Teachers (Thousand Oaks, Calif., Corwin Press, 2009), 50–51; Gillian Clements, The Picture History of Great Inventors, rev. ed. (London : Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2005), 21; Stillman Drake, Essays on Galileo and the History and Philosophy of Science, ed. Noel M. Swerdlow and Trevor Harvey Levere, vol. 1 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999), 34–35; Gary F. Moring, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Einstein, 2nd ed. (New York: Alpha Books, 2004), 36; Kerri O’Donnell, Galileo: Man of Science (New York: Rosen Classroom, 2002), 7; Gerry Bailey, Karen Foster, Leighton Noyes, Galileo’s Telescope (New York: Crabtree Publishing Company, 2009), 13; Stephen P. Maran, Astronomy for Dummies, 2nd ed. (Hoboken, N. J.: Wiley, 2005), 159; David Hawkins, How to Get Your Husband’s Attention , rev. ed. (Eugene, Ore.: Harvest House Publishers, 2008), 187. 5. Lane Cooper, Aristotle, Galileo, and the Tower of Pisa (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1935); Stillman Drake, Galileo at Work: His Scientific Biography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978; New York: Courier Dover Publications, 2003), 415. For a fair review of the literature, plus valuable arguments, see Michael Segre, “Galileo, Viviani and the Tower of Pisa,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 20, no. 4 (1989): 435–54. 6. Vincenzio Viviani, Racconto Istorico della Vita del Sig. Galileo Galilei Nobil Fiorentino (1657), Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze, Mss. Gal.; first published in Salvino Salvini, ed., Fasti Consolari dell’Accademia Fiorentina (Firenze, 1717), 397–431, reprinted in Galileo, Le Opere di Galileo Galilei Nobile Fiorentino, vol. 1 (Firenze: Gaetano Tartini e Santi Franchi, 1718), lxvi, trans. Martínez. 7. Drake, Galileo at Work, 20–21. 8. Benedetto Varchi, Questione sull’Alchimia (manuscript, 1544); first published in Varchi, Qvestione svll’ Alchimia, ed. Domenico Moreni (Firenze: Magheri, 1827), 34, trans. Martínez; I’ve written“evidence” for“la prova,” but“test” is accurate...


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