Paolo Galluzzi is Director of the Museo Galileo, Florence, member of the Royal Academy of Science, Stockholm and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome. He authored more than 250 publications on Leonardo da Vinci, the Scientific Revolution, Galileo and scientific academies.
All interested in early modern European culture, the relations between science and religion and science and society, the history of scientific academies, Copernicanism, atomism, Galileo and the Scientific Revolution.
Table of contents
Note to the reader
Chapter 1 ‘The secret of the eyeglass’
A ‘piece of nonsense’?
Winning over the minds at the Collegio Romano
Second class telescopes
Chapter 2 Parallel Convergences?
Mutant lynxes in the Academy’s menagerie
Chapter 3 Fluid heavens
Tycho or Telesio?
The revival of Martianus Capella
Coup de théâtre
Storm clouds gather
Chapter 4 Building a friendship
New spectacles in the heavens
Books, Frontispieces, Theatres, Mirrors and Ladders
The ‘Lincean telescope’
Chapter 5 The Copernican system versus Holy Scripture
The spectre of Giordano Bruno
Questions of character?
The league of pigeons launches the attack
Images of nature: Book or Theatre?
Prohibition ‘is also done in case of doubt’
The natural desire for knowledge
Simulated versus true religion
Chapter 7 Confronting the new scenario
Cesi-Bellarmine: attempts at dialogue
‘The time has come to grant greater freedom of thought’
Kepler enters the scene
Chapter 8 Relaunching Copernicanism
Ariosto versus Tasso
The Copernican system overthrown?
A delicate balance
The ebb and flow of fortune
Tommaso Caccini back on stage?
Chapter 9 Metamorphosis of a conjuncture: from ‘marvellous’ to ‘unfavourable’
Boating on the lake
An ambiguous funeral
A Copernican carriage
Elephants and mites
Chapter 10 From the heavens to the bowels of the Earth
The merging of the two projects
Up and down the Ladder of Nature
Botany for metaphysicians?
The fate of Cesi’s fossil wood researches
Chapter 11 The immaculate conception of the Barberini bees
Honey as a gift from the heavens and the Earth
‘This work has been done for the sole purpose of pleasing Patrons’
Chapter 12 Plants as compendium of Nature
Laying out the pages of the Book of Nature
Syntax, painting, theatre, garden
A Galilean syntaxis?
The multiple gaze of the botanist
The elusive geometry of plants
Glimmerings of consciousness and sexual drives
The Bologna stone again
The garden of flavors
Food for the mind
A preformistic conception?
Nature was not created once and for all
Names as shadows of things
Epilogue: ‘It has been impossible to persuade him to make a will’
Index of names