Books Exhibited from the Rose Collection that Inspired Galileo

Tuesday, October 21

Time: 7:30 p.m. — 9 p.m.

Location: Miriam Hall O’Leary Auditorium

Books have an appeal that goes well beyond the physical object and the mystery of its survival. Even if written in a language we do not u nderstand, an old book can stimulate our curiosity, to know how it was produced, distributed, and preserved, and our imagination, 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

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Name:  Robert Brecha