In a conversation recently, a student commented something like, “At first I couldn’t recall the title of Biagioli’s book. All I could think of was Galileo Courtesan.” His remark prompted me to wonder what would scholarship look like if written as mid–20th-century pulp fiction. Maybe something like this:
I would give anything to stumble across a book like this in some used bookstore. Does anybody know of trashy pulp fiction that centers on a significant person from the history of science? Anyone?
While not an exact quotation, it’s close enough. I should add, this was (and still is) a smart student. ↩