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.
Praise for the Italian edition:
“Paolo Galluzzi’s most recent publication is a deep immersion into the first quarter of the seventeenth century, with a narrative that switches back and forth between Florence and Rome and between Federico Cesi, founder and soul of the Accademia dei Lincei, and Galileo Galilei, member of the same academy.”
Matteo Valleriani, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. In: Isis, Vol. 106, No. 4 (December 2015), pp. 919-920.
“In his latest big book, Paolo Galluzzi presents all the known material on the relations between Galileo and Cesi and evaluates it in his usual exact and judicious manner. As a bonus, he describes Cesi’s complicated publications on natural history with immense patience and admirable clarity.”
John L. Heilbron, University of California Berkeley. In: Quaderni storici, Vol. 150. No. 3 (December 2015), pp. 873-882.
“By resorting to an impressive amount of primary sources and by tackling Cesi’s often obscure Latin writings, Galluzzi provides historians with a meticulous investigation of Cesi’s works and sheds new light on a key topic in Galileo’s career.”
Antonio Clericuzio, Università di Roma Tre. In: Nuncius, Vol. 30, No. 3 (2015), pp. 709-714.
Table of contents
List of Figures
Note to the Reader
1 “The Secret of the Eyeglass”
A ‘Piece of Nonsense’?
Winning Over the Minds at the Collegio Romano
Second Class Telescopes
2 Parallel Convergences?
Mutant Lynxes in the Academy’s Menagerie
3 Fluid Heavens
Tycho or Telesio?
The Revival of Martianus Capella
Coup de théâtre
Storm Clouds Gather
4 Building a Friendship
New Spectacles in the Heavens
Books, Frontispieces, Theatres, Mirrors and Ladders
The ‘Lincean Telescope’
5 The Copernican System versus Holy Scripture
The Spectre of Giordano Bruno
Questions of Character?
The League of Pigeons Launches the Attack
6 Images of Nature: Book or Theatre?
Prohibition ‘Is Also Done in Case of Doubt’
The Natural Desire for Knowledge
Simulated versus True Religion
7 Confronting the New Scenario
Cesi-Bellarmine: Attempts at Dialogue
‘The Time Has Come to Grant Greater Freedom of Thought’
Kepler Enters the Scene
8 Relaunching Copernicanism
Ariosto versus Tasso
The Copernican System Overthrown?
A Delicate Balance
The Ebb and Flow of Fortune
Tommaso Caccini Back on Stage?
9 Metamorphosis of a Conjuncture: from ‘Marvellous’ to ‘Unfavourable’
Boating on the Lake
An Ambiguous Funeral
A Copernican Carriage
Elephants and Mites
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
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’
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 Flavours
Food for the Mind
A Preformistic Conception?
Nature Was Not Created Once and for All
Names as Shadows of Things
‘It Has Been Impossible to Persuade Him to Make a Will’
Index of Names