Essay

Galileo Galilei and the Medici: Science, Politics, and Patronage in Early Modern Europe

2 pages | 540 words

This essay explores Galileo's motivations for naming the four moons of Jupiter after the Medici family, as well as the reactions of the Medici themselves. Finally, it reflects on what this story can tell us about the relationship between science and the patronage system in early modern Europe.

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