Margherita Sarrocchi's Letters to Galileo: Astronomy, by Meredith K. Ray

By Meredith K. Ray

This ebook examines a pivotal second within the historical past of technological know-how and women’s position in it. Meredith Ray deals the 1st in-depth learn and whole English translation of the interesting correspondence among Margherita Sarrocchi (1560-1617), a ordinary thinker and writer of the epic poem, Scanderbeide (1623), and famed astronomer, Galileo Galilei. Their correspondence, undertaken quickly after the book of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, finds how Sarrocchi approached Galileo for his aid revising her epic poem, delivering, in go back, her endorsement of his fresh telescopic discoveries. located opposed to the colourful and sometimes contentious backdrop of early glossy highbrow and educational tradition, their letters illustrate, in miniature, that the medical Revolution used to be, actually, the manufactured from an extended evolution with roots within the deep connections among literary and medical exchanges.

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Sarrocchi and Galileo connected in 1611 at critical moments in their respective careers.

15 As Mario Biagioli argues, the “remarkable proliferation” of academies in Rome was closely linked to the fragmented and competitive environment that surrounded the papal rule and court, so frequently in flux. In a city in which the cultural landscape could shift quickly and social mobility was not rigidly proscribed, academies performed the important function of providing a space in which identity and position could be established and recognized through intellectual contributions and engagement.

K. RAY READING THE STARS After this exchange with Bettoli, Sarrocchi kept Galileo informed of the rumors coming from Perugia. 117 In the latter exchange, surely one of the most interesting—and cryptic—of the Sarrocchi-Galileo carteggio, we see how the common interests of these two figures encompass not just astronomy and epic poetry but also judicial astrology and, in particular, the casting of horoscopes and natal charts. Astronomy and astrology are closely linked in this episode. As Sarrocchi explains to Galileo, an Augustinian brother at Santa Maria Novella in Perugia called Padre Innocenzio had asked her opinion regarding the Medicean stars.

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