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,
– 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
– 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.