Conversing with the Starry Messenger
March 25,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius (Venice 1610) is one of the most thrilling and important scientific texts ever written. Galileo’s work describing the moon and his observations of the satellites around Jupiter had a profound impact on astronomy and modern science. The Linda Hall Library copy, arguably one of the most important copies in existence, is still revealing its secrets after 400 years. Join Nick Wilding, Professor of History at Georgia State University, and Jason W. Dean, Vice President for Special Collections at the Linda Hall Library, in a conversation about astronomy, printing and publication, and the tools book historians and librarians use to make new discoveries. Nick and Jason will also discuss recent discoveries about the early ownership of Linda Hall’s Sidereus Nuncius that provide insight into the production of the book and into Galileo’s world.
Nick Wilding is Professor of History at Georgia State University, where he teaches early modern history, the history of science, and the history of the book. He is the author of Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge (Chicago University Press, 2014), Faussaire de Lune: Autopsie d’une Imposture, Galilée et ses contrefacteurs (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 2015) and a dozen research articles. He has held fellowships at Stanford, Cambridge, Columbia, the American Academy in Rome, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, Rare Book School. He currently serves on the Council of the Bibliographical Society of America. He received his BA in English from Oxford University, his MA in Renaissance Studies from the University of Warwick, and his PhD in history from the European University Institute, Italy.
Jason W. Dean is Vice President for Special Collections at the Linda Hall Library. Prior to coming to the Library, Jason was Director of Special Collections & Archives at Southwestern University. He has previously held positions at the University of Arkansas and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from Hardin-Simmons University and his MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. Jason has also completed coursework at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Grolier Club, and a past Institute of Library and Museum Services-Rare Book School fellow.
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Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Bredekamp, Horst et al. Galileo’s O; Edited by Horst Bredekamp. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2011.
- Volume One: Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius: A Comparison of the Proof Copy (New York) with Other Paradigmatic Copies
- Volume Two: Galileo Makes a Book: The First Edition of Sidereus Nuncius, Venice 1610.
- Galilei, Galileo, and Albert Van Helden. Sidereus Nuncius or, The Sidereal Messenger ; Translated and with Commentary by Albert van Helden. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
- Heilbron, J. L. Galileo. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Sobel, Dava. Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love. New York: Walker & Co., 1999.
- Wilding, Nick. Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
- Wilding, Nick. Faussaire de Lune: autopsie d’une imposture, Galilée et ses contrefacteurs. Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2015.
- Wootton, David. Galileo: Watcher of the Skies. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.