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第32课_Galileo reborn

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Lesson 32   Galileo reborn伽利略的复生

     First listen and then answer the following question.


     What has modified out traditional view of Galileo in recent times?


     In his own lifetime Galileo was the centre of violent controversy; but the scientific dust has long since settled, and today we can see even his famous clash with the Inquisition in something like its proper perspective. But, in contrast, it is only in modern times that Galileo has become a problem child for historians of science.



     The old view of Galileo was delightfully uncomplicated. He was, above all, a man who experimented: who despised the prejudices and book learning of the Aristotelians, who put his questions to nature instead of to the ancients, and who drew his conclusions fearlessly. He had been the first to turn a telescope to the sky, and he had seen there evidence enough to overthrow Aristotle and Ptolemy together. He was the man who climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa and dropped various weights from the top, who rolled balls down inclined planes, and then generalized the results of his many experiments into the famous law of free fall.

     令人高兴的是,过去对伽利略的看法并不复杂。他首先是个实验工作者,他蔑视亚里士多德学派的偏见和空洞的书本知识。他向自然界而不是向古人提出问题,并大 胆地得出结论。他是第一个把望远镜对准天空的人,观察到的论据足以把亚里士多德和托勒密一起推翻。他就是那个曾经爬上比萨斜塔,从塔顶向下抛掷积各种重物 的人;他是那个使地球体沿斜面向下滚动,然后将多次实验结果概括成著名的自由落体定律的人。


     But a closer study of the evidence, supported by a deeper sense of the period, and particularly by a new consciousness of the philosophical undercurrents in the scientific revolution, has profoundly modified this view of Galileo. Today, although the old Galileo lives on in many popular writings, among historians of science a new and more sophisticated picture has emerged. At the same time our sympathy fro Galileo's opponents ahs grown somewhat. His telescopic observations are justly immortal; they aroused great interest at the time, they had important theoretical consequences, and they provided a striking demonstration of the potentialities hidden in instruments and apparatus. But can we blame those who looked and failed to see what Galileo saw, if we remember that to use a telescope at the limit of its powers calls for long experience and intimate familiarity with one's instrument? Was the philosopher who refused to look through Galileo's telescope more culpable than those who alleged that the spiral nebulae observed with Lord Rosse's great telescope in the eighteen-forties were scratches left by the grinder? We can perhaps forgive those who said the moons of Jupiter were produced by Galileo's spyglass if we recall that in his day, as for centuries before, curved glass was the popular contrivance for producing not truth but illusion, untruth; and if a single curved glass would distort nature, how much more would a pair of them?

     但是,对那个时代的深化了解,尤其是以科学家革命中哲学潜流的新意识为依据,进一步仔细研究,就会极大地改变对伽利略的看法。今天,虽然已故的伽利略继续 活在许多通俗读物中,但在科学史家中间,一个新的更加复杂的伽利略形象出现了。与此同时,我们对伽利略的反对派的同情也有所增加。伽利略用望远镜所作的观 察确实是不朽的,这些观察当时引起人们极大的兴趣,具有重要的理论意义,并充分显示出了仪表和仪器的潜在力量。但是,如果我们想到,便用一架倍数有限的望 远镜需要长期的经验和对自己仪器的熟悉程度,那么我们怎么能去责备观察了天空但没有看到伽利略所看到的东西的那些人呢?某位哲学家曾拒绝使用伽利略的望远 镜去观察天空;到了19世纪40年代,有人硬把罗斯勋爵高倍望远镜观测到的螺旋状星云说成是磨镜工留下的磨痕。难道反对伽利略的哲学家比诋毁罗斯勋爵造谣 者应受到更大的谴责吗?如果我们回想一下伽利略之前几个世纪期间,曲面镜一直是一种用于产生幻影而不是产生真象的把戏装置,那么我们就会原谅那些当时把伽 利略观察到的木星卫生说成是伽利略用他的小望远镜变出来的人们,何况一片曲面镜就可歪曲自然,那么伽利略的两片曲面镜对自然的歪曲又该多大呢?


     New words and expressions 生词和短语


     n. 争议,争论



     n. 纠纷,骚动



     n. 冲突



     n. (罗马天主教的)宗教法庭



     n. 观点,看法



     v. 蔑视



     v. 归纳



     n. 潜流



     adj. 理论上的



     n. 潜能



     adj. 详尽的



     n. 熟悉的



     adj. 应受遣责的



     n. 亚里士多德学派的人



     n. 亚里士多德(公元前384-322,古希腊哲学家)



     n. 托勒密(公元90-168,古希腊天文学家)


     Leaning Tower of Pisa




     adj. 螺旋状的



     n. 星云



     n. 擦痕



     n. 器械



     v. 歪曲


    Notes on the text课文注释

    1  something like,多少,大约。

    2  a problem child, problem作定语,修饰child。这是一种比喻修辞法,意思是“新出现的问题”。

    3  a man who...who...who...who...,这里一连用了4个定语从句,均用who引导,构成了排比结构,起加强语气的作用。

    4  at the time,当时。

    5  use a telescope at the limit of its power, 用望远镜的极限功率。


Lesson 32   课后练习和答案Exercises and Answer