On Sunspots (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, 15 Οκτ 2010 - 432 σελίδες
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Galileo’s telescopic discoveries, and especially his observation of sunspots, caused great debate in an age when the heavens were thought to be perfect and unchanging. Christoph Scheiner, a Jesuit mathematician, argued that sunspots were planets or moons crossing in front of the Sun. Galileo, on the other hand, countered that the spots were on or near the surface of the Sun itself, and he supported his position with a series of meticulous observations and mathematical demonstrations that eventually convinced even his rival.

 

On Sunspots collects the correspondence that constituted the public debate, including the first English translation of Scheiner’s two tracts as well as Galileo’s three letters, which have previously appeared only in abridged form. In addition, Albert Van Helden and Eileen Reeves have supplemented the correspondence with lengthy introductions, extensive notes, and a bibliography. The result will become the standard work on the subject, essential for students and historians of astronomy, the telescope, and early modern Catholicism.

  

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1 Introduction
1
2 Sunspots before the telescope
9
Thomas Harriot and Johannes and David Fabricius
25
4 Christoph Scheiner
37
5 Tres Epistolae
59
6 Galileo answers Apelles
75
7 Galileos first letter
87
8 Galileos second letter
107
9 A more accurate inquiry from Ingolstadt
171
10 Accuratior Disquisitio
183
11 Galileo responds and goes into print
233
12 Galileos third letter
251
13 Rematch 1630 1632
307
Bibliography
381
Index
401
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Eileen Reeves is professor of comparative literature at Princeton University. Albert Van Helden is professor of the history of science at the University of Utrecht and the translator of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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