Margherita Sarrocchi's Letters to Galileo: Astronomy, by Meredith K. Ray

By Meredith K. Ray

This ebook examines a pivotal second within the heritage of technological know-how and women’s position in it. Meredith Ray deals the 1st in-depth examine and entire English translation of the attention-grabbing correspondence among Margherita Sarrocchi (1560-1617), a usual thinker and writer of the epic poem, Scanderbeide (1623), and famed astronomer, Galileo Galilei. Their correspondence, undertaken quickly after the booklet of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, finds how Sarrocchi approached Galileo for his aid revising her epic poem, providing, in go back, her endorsement of his contemporary telescopic discoveries. positioned opposed to the colourful and infrequently contentious backdrop of early glossy highbrow and educational tradition, their letters illustrate, in miniature, that the medical Revolution used to be, in truth, the made of an extended evolution with roots within the deep connections among literary and clinical exchanges.

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By the end of February, the text had been approved by authorities in Padua, and it was printed in Venice on March 13, 1610. K. RAY This moment, as Richard S. ”33 In accordance with this new status, Galileo’s salary at the Medici court was now among the highest in Florence. 34 News of Galileo’s discoveries traveled fast, crisscrossing the continent and reaching as far as Prague and London by April 1610. Not surprisingly, given their implications, they were not immediately accepted by all. 35 Behind the story of Galileo’s triumphal trip to Rome in 1611, therefore, lies another story: one of controversy and tensions as members of the scientific community struggled—and, in some cases, refused—to accept the validity of his observations.

72 Calidora’s reverent invocation of Jove here would have struck a chord with Galileo when Sarrocchi sent him a revised version of her poem in January 1612, resonating not only with Galileo’s recent discovery of Jupiter’s satellites, the Medicean stars named for Cosimo II, but also with the astrological significance Galileo attributes to Jupiter in the dedication of Sidereus nuncius with respect to Cosimo. There, Galileo writes that: Jupiter…at the moment of your Highness’ birth had already risen above the misty vapour on the horizon and occupied the midheaven.

Thus, the epistolary and intellectual relationship of Sarrocchi and Galileo began at least two years prior to the date of the first extant letter in their correspondence, with Valerio initially taking the active role in seeking Galileo’s literary guidance on Sarrocchi’s behalf. K. ”53 As Valerio’s letter makes clear, Galileo had thus consented in 1609 to take a free hand in this editorial task, performed on behalf of a woman he knew only by reputation. The controversy over Sidereus nuncius was still almost a year off.

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