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.

  • 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).

    Abstract
    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).

    Abstract
    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.

    Abstract
    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.

    Abstract
    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)

    Abstract
    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)

    Abstract
    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)

    Abstract
    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.