Book ID: CBB418420154

Cieli in contraddizione: Giovanni Battista Riccioli e il terzo sistema del mondo (2018)


Marcacci, Flavia (Author)

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 257 pp.
Language: Italian

In the modern age Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598-1671) has often spoken of himself. The mention of Hevelius and Huygens, his collaboration with Francesco Maria Grimaldi is well known, his correspondence with Rocca, Kircher and Cassini is dense. Yet, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we see Riccioli's oblivion: in spite of discussions on the concepts of progress and scientific method, theory-ladenness and tacit knowledge, the philosophy and history of science, in multiplying of epistemological questions and in the reconnaissance of countless case studies, they have lost track of this astronomer. Riccioli corrects Kepler, is controversial with Copernicus, critic of Ptolemy, convinced supporter of the importance of empirical data and physical evidence. And the theologian of money, sometimes in contrast with his institution, an advocate of the finite universe and of the need for a first cause. This book returns to the history of science a forgotten thinker. And he gives us a passepartout to investigate the other scientific revolution: that of the perplexed, unloved and competent scientists, armed with arguments that are fitting and worthy of new consideration.

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Review Simon Dumas Primbault (2019) Review of "Cieli in contraddizione: Giovanni Battista Riccioli e il terzo sistema del mondo". British Journal for the History of Science (pp. 707-709). unapi

Review Argante Ciocci (2019) Review of "Cieli in contraddizione: Giovanni Battista Riccioli e il terzo sistema del mondo". Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza (pp. 195-197). unapi

Review William R. Shea (2019) Review of "Cieli in contraddizione: Giovanni Battista Riccioli e il terzo sistema del mondo". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 596-597). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Graney, Christopher M.
Marcacci, Flavia
Castaldi, Francesco
Ciancio, Luca
Galluzzi, Paolo
Gambaro, Ivana L.
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
Annali dell'Istituto e Museo di storia della scienza di Firenze
University of Notre Dame Press
Science and religion
Celestial mechanics
Visual representation; visual communication
Correspondence and corresponding
Riccioli, Giovanni Battista
Brahe, Tycho
Galilei, Galileo
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Beati, Gabriele
Boulliau, Ismael
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
Bologna (Italy)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Accademia del Cimento, Florence

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