Books Exhibited from the Rose Collection that Inspired Galileo

    An Imprints and Impressions Series Event

    Date: October 21, 2014

    Time: 7:30 pm

    Location: O'Leary Auditorium, located on the first floor of Miriam Hall

    Sponsors: Department of Physics

 Robert Brecha

    Phone number: 937-229-2727

    Even if written in a language we do not understand, an old book can stimulate our curiosity, to know how it was produced, and to consider how earlier readers understood it. The Rose Collection and Galileo provide an opportunity for such an exercise in imagination. Though a mathematician by job description, Galileo read widely in both Latin and Italian, particularly poetry and, perforce, biblical hermeneutics. The lecture considers the place of some of the Rose books in his thought and career, which began, as will the lecture, with his improvement of the cartography of Dante's Hell.

    Our speaker for this evening, John Heilbron, UC Berkley, is one of the highest level authorities in the world regarding Galileo, Copernicus, and Kepler, with many volumes as you can see below from top presses. He is also the authority on cathedrals that were used as observatories.

    This event is free and open to the public.

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    Scholarly Works of John Heilbron


    Love, Literature, and the Quantum Atom, with Finn Aaserud Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199680283. 2013.

    Galileo, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-958352-8. 2010.

    The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science (ed.), Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-511229-6. 2003.

    Ernest Rutherford and the Explosion of Atoms, Oxford Portraits in Science, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-512378-6. 2003.

    The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science, Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-00439-6. 2000.

    The Sun in the Church: Cathedrals as Solar Observatories. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-85433-0. 2001 paperback: ISBN 0-674-00536-8. 1999.

    Electricity in the 17th and 18th Centuries: A Study of Early Modern Physics. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-40688-1. 1999.

    Geometry Civilized: History, Culture, Technique. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-850078-5. 2000 paperback: ISBN 0-19-850690-2. 1997.

    Lawrence and His Laboratory: A History of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, with Robert W. Seidel. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-06426-7. 1989.

    Electricity in the 17th and 18th Centuries: A Study of Early Modern Physics, University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-03478-3. 1979.

    H. G. J. Moseley: The Life and Letters of an English Physicist, 1887-1915, University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-02375-7. 1974.


    Honorary degree, University of Pavia. 2000.

    Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics, a joint award of the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics. 2006.

    George Sarton Medal by the History of Science Society. 1993.