Sidereus Nuncius, Or The Sidereal Messenger

Paperback | January 19, 2016

byGalileo GalileiTranslated byAlbert Van HeldenContribution byAlbert Van Helden

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Galileo Galilei’s Sidereus Nuncius is arguably the most dramatic scientific book ever published. It announced new and unexpected phenomena in the heavens, “unheard of through the ages,” revealed by a mysterious new instrument. Galileo had ingeniously improved the rudimentary “spyglasses” that appeared in Europe in 1608, and in the autumn of 1609 he pointed his new instrument at the sky, revealing astonishing sights: mountains on the moon, fixed stars invisible to the naked eye, individual stars in the Milky Way, and four moons around the planet Jupiter. These discoveries changed the terms of the debate between geocentric and heliocentric cosmology and helped ensure the eventual acceptance of the Copernican planetary system.
 
Albert Van Helden’s beautifully rendered and eminently readable translation is based on the Venice 1610 edition’s original Latin text. An introduction, conclusion, and copious notes place the book in its historical and intellectual context, and a new preface, written by Van Helden, highlights recent discoveries in the field, including the detection of a forged copy of Sidereus Nuncius, and new understandings about the political complexities of Galileo’s work.

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Galileo Galilei’s Sidereus Nuncius is arguably the most dramatic scientific book ever published. It announced new and unexpected phenomena in the heavens, “unheard of through the ages,” revealed by a mysterious new instrument. Galileo had ingeniously improved the rudimentary “spyglasses” that appeared in Europe in 1608, and in the autu...

Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer. Albert Van Helden is professor emeritus of history at Rice University and the University of Utrecht. He is translator and coeditor of On Sunspots, also available from the University of Chicago Press, and coeditor of The Origins of the Tele...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:January 19, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022632009X

ISBN - 13:9780226320090

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
Introduction
Sidereus Nuncius
Conclusion: The Reception of Sidereus Nuncius
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"A second edition of this widely used translation with a new preface summarizing Galileo
scholarship since 1989, an expanded bibliography, and very slight revisions and corrections
in the translation as well as in the introductory and concluding essays."