On the Life of Galileo
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Naturwissenschaften, Medizin, Informatik, Technik / Naturwissenschaften allgemein
The first collection and translation into English of the earliest biographical accounts of Galileo’s life
This unique critical edition presents key early biographical accounts of the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642), written by his close contemporaries. Collected and translated into English for the first time and supplemented by an introduction and incisive annotations by Stefano Gattei, these documents paint an incomparable firsthand picture of Galileo and offer rare insights into the construction of his public image and the complex intertwining of science, religion, and politics in seventeenth-century Italy.
Here in its entirety is Vincenzo Viviani’s Historical Account, an extensive and influential biography of Galileo written in 1654 by his last and most devoted pupil. Viviani’s text is accompanied by his “Letter to Prince Leopoldo de’ Medici on the Application of Pendulum to Clocks” (1659), his 1674 description of Galileo’s later works, and the long inscriptions on the façade of Viviani’s Florentine palace (1702). The collection also includes the “Adulatio perniciosa,” a Latin poem written in 1620 by Cardinal Maffeo Barberini—who, as Pope Urban VIII, would become Galileo’s prosecutor—as well as descriptive accounts that emerged from the Roman court and contemporary European biographers.
Featuring the original texts in Italian, Latin, and French with their English translations on facing pages, this invaluable book shows how Galileo’s pupils, friends, and critics shaped the Galileo myth for centuries to come, and brings together in one volume the primary sources needed to understand the legendary scientist in his time.
Cosimo de' Medici, Giorgio Vasari, Averardo de' Medici, Villa Il Gioiello, Pope Urban VIII, Alfonso X of Castile, Francesco Barberini (1597–1679), Orazio, Society of Jesus, Alessandro Marchetti (mathematician), Papal bull, Cardinal Mazarin, Vincenzo Galilei, Celestial mechanics, Two New Sciences, Giovanni Francesco Sagredo, Averroes, Joseph Justus Scaliger, Life of Galileo, University of Pisa, Paolo Sarpi, Savona, Girolamo Mei, Heliocentrism, Cimabue, Cardinal Richelieu, Villa Medici, Astrology, University of Padua, Filippo Salviati, Francesco Berni, Nicolas Steno, Astronomy, Museo Galileo, Bernardino Telesio, The New Science, Celio Calcagnini, Guido Bentivoglio, Pope Sixtus V, Athanasius Kircher, Blaise Pascal, Medici Chapel, Pope Paul V, Accademia della Crusca, Friar, Omnipotence, Benedetto Castelli, Federico Cesi, Christopher Clavius, Astronomica (Manilius), Cavalieri, Galileo affair, Pope Gregory XIII, University of Florence, Pompeo, The Inquisition Tribunal, Guidobaldo del Monte, The Assayer, Uraniborg, Vincenzo Viviani, Pope Innocent X, Jupiter, Geocentric model, Counter-Reformation, Giovanni Battista Rinuccini, Don Giovanni, Duke of Florence, Ptolemy, Giotto, University of Bologna, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Marsilio Ficino, Maffeo Barberini (1631–1685), Galileo Galilei, Pinacotheca, Accademia dei Lincei, Tychonic system, Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Jacopo Mazzoni, Francesco Redi, Nicholas of Cusa, Mathematician, Simplicius of Cilicia, Astronomia nova, Exoplanet, Ephemeris, Pierre Gassendi, University of Ferrara, Evangelista Torricelli, Tommaso Campanella, Barberini family, Giuseppe Moletti, Vitruvius, Francesco Maurolico, Accademia del Cimento, Orazio Grassi, Johannes Kepler, Dante Alighieri, Roman Inquisition, Antonio Barberini