Galilæana Library

The Galilæana Library publishes critical essays, document collections and text editions related to the life, work, cultural context and fortune of Galileo Galilei.

  • Maurizio Torrini, Galileo nel tempo, 2021, x-382 pp. con 2 figg. n.t. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 11).

    Galileo, his school, the circulation of his ideas, the ever-present controversies surrounding his dealings with the Inquisition and their impact on the development of social conscience and indeed in general on the history of Italy: these are the themes of this posthumous book by Maurizio Torrini. An essential contribution, it brings together the work and reflections of a lifetime, alongside the sense of public duty and active involvement of its author.

  • The Science and Myth of Galileo Between the Seventeenth and Nineteenth Centuries in Europe.
    Proceedings of the International Conference (Firenze, Museo Galileo, 29-31 January 2020) Edited by Massimo Bucciantini
    , 2021, x-504 pp. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 10).

    The wide circulation of Galileo’ image cannot be strictly confined to philosophical-scientific circles. His fame had a much wider impact, and contributed to arouse discussions and conflicts both in the religious and the political-cultural context. This vast field of study remains in large part unexplored. The aim of this book has been to examine some of the most important themes linked to the Tuscan scientist and his complex legacy, a legacy that has profoundly marked the continent and makes Galileo one of the defining figures of the European identity even today.

  • De Pace A., Galileo lettore di Copernico, 2020, xlii-638 pp. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 9).

    This book is the first analytical study of the organic connections that Galileo himself drew between his work and Copernicus’s thinking. The scientist from Pisa regarded Revolutions as triggers of radical and far-reaching conceptual changes and deemed them so relevant that he used them to frame a mathematical science of evolution encompassing both celestial motions and earthly ones that complemented and integrated the Copernican theories.

  • Copernicus banned. The Entangled Matter of the anti-Copernican Decree of 1616, edited by N. Fabbri and F. Favino, 2018, xxv, 252 pp., ill. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 8).

    Composed of nine essays dedicated to the causes, the protagonists and the aftermath of the decree, the book sheds light on various philosophical, theological, political and cultural aspects of the discussions that arose around the ‘temerity’ of Copernicanism and, in the end, its prohibition by the Church.

  • Mottana A.,Galileo e la bilancetta. Un momento fondamentale nella storia dell'idrostatica e del peso specifico, 2017, xvi-208 p. ill. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 7).

    When Galileo revitalized Archimedes’ hydrostatics, he had to invent a scale that could transform the experiment into a number via two weighings: one in air and one in water. The precedents for his instrument were the water balance, the immersion aerometer, the pycnometer and a triple hydrostatic balance. The heart of the book is the dispute with the Florentine Aristotelians: this allowed Galileo to clarify hydrostatic ideas in a text that has now become a classic.

  • Baldin G.,Hobbes e Galileo. Metodo, materia e scienza del moto, 2017, xxiv-244 p. ill. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 6).

    This study analyses the profound influence that Galileo had on Hobbes’s philosophy, also through the mediation of Mersenne. The author highlights the many aspects of Hobbesian “Galileism”: not only methodological and epistemological ones, but also conceptual and lexical analogies in the field of physics, to arrive at a comparison between the two authors on the subject of the structure of matter, revealing a common mechanistic conception of the universe.

  • Zambelli P.,Alexandre Koyré in incognito, 2016, xxii-290 p. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 5). Volume realizzato con il contributo della Direzione Generale Biblioteche e Istituti Culturali del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo.

    Who was Alexandre Koyré (1892–1964)? A philosopher, scholar of Galileo, Descartes and Newton, and a follower of Husserl’s phenomenology? Or a terrorist, a spy, the voice of the Bolsheviks after the October Revolution? The multifaceted overall picture sketched out in these pages accounts for all of these possibilities and offers a new portrait of the philosopher and witness of the “short century”, one that is unquestionably unexpected but not uncommon for the twentieth century.

  • Favino F., La filosofia naturale di Giovanni Ciampoli, 2015, xviii-366 p. con 4 tavv. f.t. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 4). Volume realizzato con il contributo della Direzione Generale Biblioteche e Istituti Culturali del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo.

    Little attention has been given up to now to the autonomous dimension of Giovanni Ciampoli's work, mainly known as a disciple of Galileo and a secretary of Urban VIII. The book reconstructs his initiatives to create a group of 'new' philosophers and ecclesiastics inside the Roman Curia, and analyses the surviving part of his Filosofia naturale - here completely published for the first time - revealing a surprising intellectual portrait of Ciampoli.

  • Celestial Novelties on the Eve of the Scientific Revolution (1540-1630), a cura di D. Tessicini e P.J. Boner, 2013, xvi-284 p. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 3)

    Comets, 'new stars' and other unexpected celestial phenomena up to Galileo's telescopic discoveries have attracted the interest of historians of science, intellectual and cultural historians. These early modern 'celestial novelties' constitute the main subject of this volume, whose aim is to shed light on their reception and interpretation in science, natural philosophy, medicine, and their wider impact on European society.

  • Il caso Galileo. Una rilettura storica, filosofica, teologica, Atti del convegno (Firenze 2009), a cura di M. Bucciantini, M. Camerota e F. Giudice, 2011, xiii-520 p., ill. + DVD. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 2)

    This volume addresses the multi-faceted aspects of Galileo’s trial and condemnation for heresy, a condemnation which gave rise to many questions and many interpretations in the European culture and society in both modern and contemporary times.

  • Camerota F., Linear perspective in the age of Galileo. Ludovico Cigoli’s Prospettiva pratica, 2010, xx-359 p., ill. (Biblioteca di Galilaeana; 1)

    Ludovico Cigoli’s Prospettiva Pratica (Practical Perspective) is both a work of artistic literature and a remarkable scientific document about the role attributed to the representation of the visible world within the scope of Galilean research. Composed by one of the painters closest to Galileo during the period of great astronomical discoveries (1610 -1613), the treatise illustrates several themes crucial to perspective drawing, from orthogonal projections to shadow projection, from theatrical scenes to the use of mechanical instruments.