Sidereus Nuncius, or The Sidereal Messenger (Paperback)

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By Galileo Galilei, Albert Van Helden (Translated by), Albert Van Helden (Commentaries by), Albert Van Helden (Preface by)
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Description


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.

About the Author


Albert Van Helden is professor of history at Rice University and the author of The Invention of the Telescope.

Albert Van Helden is professor of history at Rice University and the author of The Invention of the Telescope.

Albert Van Helden is professor of history at Rice University and the author of The Invention of the Telescope.

Praise For…


"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."
— Journal for the History of Astronomy

"Van Helden’s new edition remains the best available for a student readership and as good a starting point as any to this revolutionary, scintillating book."
— Metascience


Product Details
ISBN: 9780226320090
ISBN-10: 022632009X
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: January 19th, 2016
Pages: 152
Language: English