Music and Science in the Age of Galileo

Music and Science in the Age of Galileo features twelve new essays by leading specialists in the fields of musicology, history of science, astronomy, philosophy, and instrument building that explore the relations between music and the scientific culture o

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THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO SERIES IN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE ASERIES OF BOOKS IN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, METHODOLOGY, EPISTEMOLOGY, LOGIC, HISTORY OF SCIENCE, AND RELATED FJELDS

Managing Editor ROBERT E. BUTTS

Dept.

0/ Philosophy, University o/Western Ontario, Canada Editorial Board JEFFREY BUB,

University 0/ Maryland

L. JONATHAN COHEN,

WILLIAM DEMOPOULOS, WILLIAM HARPER,

Queen' s College, Oxford

University o/Western Ontario

University o/Western Ontario

JAAKKO HINTIKKA,

Boston University

CLIFFORDA. HOOKER,

University o/Newcastle

HENRY E. KYBURG, JR.,

University 0/ Rochester

AUSONIO MARRAS,

University o/Western Ontario

JÜRGEN MITTELSTRASS,

Universität Konstanz

JOHN M. NICHOLAS,

University o/Western Ontario

GLENN A. PEARCE,

University o/Western Ontario

BAS C. VAN FRAASSEN,

Princeton University

VOLUME51

MUSIC AND SCIENCE IN THE AGE OF GALILEO Edited by

VICTOR COELHO Department 01 Music, The University olCalgary, Alberta, Canada

SPRINGER-SCIENCE+BUSINESS MEDIA. B.V.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Music and sc1ence 1n the age of Gal11eo / ed1ted by V1ctor Coelho. p. cm. -- (UniVers1ty of Western Ontario ser1es 1n ph11osophy of science; v. 51) Includes b1b11ograph1cal references and 1ndex. ISBN 978-90-481-4218-7 ISBN 978-94-015-8004-5 (eBook) DOI 10.1007/978-94-015-8004-5 1. Mus1c and sC1ence--Congresses. 2. Music--Phl1osophy and aesthetics--Congresses. 3. Galilei, Galtleo, 1564-1642--Congresses. I. Coelho, Vlctor. II. Series. ML3800.M87 1992 780' .9'032--dc20 92-33288

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All Rights Reserved © 1992 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht Originally published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 1992 Softcover reprint ofthe hardcover Ist edition 1992 No part of the material protected by this copyright notice may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without wrilten permission from the copyright owner.

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CONTENTS

Preface

ix PART I

Historical, Contemporary, and Celestial Models for the Musical and Scientific Revolution in the Age of Galileo Music and Philosophy in Early Modem Seienee Stillman Drake

3

Beats and the Origins of Early Modem Seienee H. Floris Cohen

17

Musie and the Crisis of Seventeenth-Century Europe Alexander Silbiger

35

Kepler, Galilei, and the Harrnony of the World Owen Gingerich

45

PART 11

Symbolical and Philosophical Perspectives on Galileo and Music The Artistie Patronage of the Barberini and the Galileo Affair Frederick Hammond

67

Musical Myth and Galilean Seienee in Giovanni Serodine's Allegoria della scienza Victor Coelho

91

Tiekles, Titillations, and the WondeIful Aeeidents of Sounds: Galileo and the Consonanees Robert E. Butts

115

Galileo and the Demise of Pythagoreanism William Jordan

129

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MUSIC AND SCIENCE IN TIIE AGE OF GALILEO

PARTIII

The Musical Background of Seventeenth-Century Science: Theory, Practice, and Craftsmanship Was Galileo's Father an