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On the life of Galileo : Viviani's historical account & other early biographies

Author: Stefano Gattei; Vincenzio Viviani
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey ; Woodstock, Oxfordshire : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
On the life of Galileo.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2019]
(OCoLC)1100588364
Named Person: Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei; Galileo Galilei
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stefano Gattei; Vincenzio Viviani
ISBN: 9780691174891 069117489X
OCLC Number: 1059260162
Description: lxviii, 348 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Vincenzo Viviani (1654) --
2. Girolamo Ghilini (ca. 1633) --
3. Leo Allatius (1633) --
Appendix: Christophorvs Scheiner / Christoph Scheiner --
4. Gian Vittorio Rossi (1643) --
5. Vittorio Siri (1647) --
6. Vincenzo Galilei (ca. 1654) --
7. Niccolò̀ Gherardini (1654) --
8. Vincenzo Viviani (1659) --
9. Lorenzo Crasso (1666) --
10. Vincenzo Viviani (1674) --
11. Isaac Bullart (1682) --
12. Joachim Von Sandrart (1683) --
13. Paul Freher (1688) --
14. Vincenzo Viviani (1702) --
Appendix Monitum Lectori / Advice to the Reader --
Appendix: Maffeo Barberini's, Adulatio perniciosa (1620)
Responsibility: edited, translated, and annotated by Stefano Gattei.

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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 Leopold de' Medici on the Application of Pendulum to Clocks" (1659), his 1674 description of Galileo's later works, and the long inscriptions on the facade 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.

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