It was 400 years ago…

I’m reposting this from the History of Astronomy mailing list.

The history of the publication of the Sidereus Nuncius has been reviewed by
two papers in the last issue of “Galilaeana”

– Wootton, David “New light on the composition and publication of the
Sidereus Nuncius” Galilaeana vol.6 (2009), 123-140
– Gingerich, Owen “The curious case of the M-L Sidereus Nuncius” Galilaeana
vol.6 (2009), 141-165

Basically the chronology is:
–        1610 Jan 15th: the report of the observation of satellites is
written in Latin. Probably G. starts to write the manuscript of SN [ms.BNCF,
Gal.48 f.30r]
–        1610 Jan 30th: G. is in Venice, where probably he meets with the
publisher, T.Baglioni [Letter to B.Vinta, OG X, 280-281]
–        1610 Feb 16th or 17th: G. completes the manuscript of SN, apart the
observations of Jupiter satellites taken after this date
–        1610 Feb 26th: The Reformers of the University of Padua [the Council
of Controllers of the University] gives license to publish SN [OG XIX, 227]
–        1610 Mar 1st: The Council of Ten of the Republic of Venice approves
the license to print SN [OG III, 58; XIX, 227-228]
–        1610 Mar 3rd: Last additions to the manuscript: observations of
Jupiter satellites
–        1610 Mar 12th: Date of the dedication of SN to GranDuke Cosimo II.
Printing of SN is completed today or the day after [OG III, 55-57]
–        1610 Mar 13th: G. sends the first copy of SN to B.Vinta [Letter to
B.Vinta OG X, 288-289]

OG is the sigla for: “Le Opere di Galileo Galilei”. Edizione Nazionale a
cura di Antonio Favaro e Isidoro Del Lungo, Firenze: Giunti, 1890-1909 20
vols. 2nd edition with additions, Firenze 1929-1939; reprinted 1964-1966
BNCF is the sigla for Florence, Central National Library.

I am interested to know if any event is planned to commemorate this
important date in the history of science.

Giancarlo Truffa
Milan, Italy


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6 responses to “It was 400 years ago…

  1. Ian H Spedding FCD

    Just in passing, I noticed a post on Uncommon Descent (sorry about the mess on the carpet. I’ll clean it up later) from Cornelius Hunter about a newly-published paper about Galileo (the first 2G astronomer?) . I thought I’d mention it in case you hadn’t seen it.

  2. Hi Ian thanks for the tip. The irony of all this is that I am extensively thanked in the paper being discussed here as I supplied its author with a vital piece of information that led him to write the paper!

    C. Hunt is of course misusing what is actually a very interesting paper on early telescopic astronomy for his own agenda.

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  4. John Wilkins

    You haven’t arrived until an IDevotee thanks you in a publication 🙂

    • It was only upon reading the Aussie Anthropoid’s comment that I realised that my comment above is more than somewhat ambiguous!

      I contributed some material to the paper on Galileo and Marius written by Chris Graney, Professor at the Jefferson Community and Technical College (and definitely not an IDiot) for which he thanked me excessively in the article. This article was then reviewed favourably by C. Hunt at Uncommen Decent, a fact that was drawn to my attention by Ian H Spedding who naturally was unaware of my involvement in the article under discussion.

      When I then drew Chris Graney’s attention to his ID review he was mortified because, as he pointed out, he lives just down the road from the Creation Museum and has no wish to be associated in anyway with these people!

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