Telescopes, Tides, and Tactics: A Galilean Dialogue about the Starry Messenger and Systems of the World

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Publication of Galileo's "Starry Messenger" in 1610, detailing startling observations with the newly invented telescope, sparked immediate furor among the astronomers and philosophers of the day. The discovery of the "Medicean stars" (the satellites of Jupiter) was pronounced a hoax, an optical illusion, a logical and theological impossibility. Stillman Drake, one of the world's foremost Galileo scholars, recreates in "Telescopes, Tides, and Tactics" the fascinating aftermath of the publication of the "Starry Messenger." ...

Telescopes, Tides, and Tactics: A Galilean Dialogue about the Starry Messenger and Systems of the World 1983, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226162317

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