Download E-books Galileo's Telescope: A European Story PDF

By Michele Camerota, Franco Giudice

Between 1608 and 1610 the cover of the evening sky replaced perpetually, ripped open by way of an item created nearly by chance: a cylinder with lenses at either ends. Galileo’s Telescope tells the tale of ways an inventive optical machine advanced from a toy-like interest right into a precision medical device, all in many years. In transcending the bounds of human imaginative and prescient, the telescope remodeled humanity’s view of itself and data of the cosmos.

Galileo performs a leading―but on no account solo―part during this riveting story. He stocks the level with mathematicians, astronomers, and theologians from Paolo Sarpi to Johannes Kepler and Cardinal Bellarmine, sovereigns comparable to Rudolph II and James I, in addition to craftsmen, courtiers, poets, and painters. beginning within the Netherlands, the place a spectacle-maker created a spyglass with the modest magnifying strength of 3, the telescope unfold like technological wildfire to Venice, Rome, Prague, Paris, London, and eventually India and China. Galileo’s celestial discoveries―hundreds of stars formerly invisible to the bare eye, lunar mountains, and moons orbiting Jupiter―were introduced to the realm in his innovative treatise Sidereus Nuncius.

Combining technology, politics, faith, and the arts, Galileo’s Telescope rewrites the early historical past of a world-shattering innovation whose visible energy finally got here to include meanings a ways past the technology of the stars.

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Download E-books The Politics of Exile in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture) PDF

Political exiles have been a trendy function of political existence in the course of the Renaissance, usually a resource of extreme predicament to the states from which they have been banished, and a prepared software for governments wishing to interfere within the affairs in their competitors and enemies. This ebook presents the 1st systematic research of the function of exiles within the political lifetime of fifteenth-century Italy. It additionally presents clean views at the nature and gear of governments in this interval, and on rules concerning the legitimacy of political authority and political motion.

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Download E-books The Little Slaves of the Harp: Italian Child Street Musicians in Nineteenth-Century Paris, London, and New York (McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History) PDF

The padrone have been frequently recognized to the households of the youngsters or have been from an identical villages. whereas a few have been merciless exploiters who forced obedience via terror and abuse - a view promoted via a couple of, well-publicized instances - the lot of every one of these young children was once just like that of kid apprentices and helpers in different trades. Public reactions to the kid performers have been varied in each one urban and mirrored the host society's view of the inflow of overseas immigrants in most cases. even supposing England, France, and the us constructed laws within the mid-nineteenth century to house youngsters in factories, they didn't try and control childrens in road trades till later within the century simply because they observed the paintings as a kind of begging. The conflict to get Italian baby musicians off the road dragged on for years prior to laws and new paintings possibilities - usually as laborious as or worse than highway acting - directed the kids into new trades.

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Download E-books Back Roads Northern & Central Italy (Eyewitness Travel Back Roads) PDF

Scenic routes, fascinating inns, real nearby food… Take a trip during the again roads of northern and principal Italy to find the area's actual soul and grace.

DK Eyewitness again Roads Northern and valuable Italy riding holiday consultant will take you through scenic routes to find captivating Italian villages, neighborhood eating places, and intimate locations to stick. Twenty-five themed drives, each one lasting one to 5 days, demonstrate breathtaking perspectives, hidden gem stones, and actual neighborhood stories that may simply be came upon by way of road.

Each journey is bursting with insider wisdom and loaded with principles for various actions, from brief walks and longer hikes to days at a spa, wine excursions, biking journeys, swimming in secluded Italian lakes, and extra. in the meantime, the main pleasant, best-value motels and guesthouses and captivating eating places focusing on nearby produce were chosen by means of professional authors.

Full-color all through, with a pull-out map of the whole state for simple navigation among excursions, or even zip code details to be used with a GPS machine, observe the unforeseen in your riding holiday with DK Eyewitness again Roads Northern and vital Italy.

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Download E-books Siren Land: A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) PDF

By Norman Douglas

Norman Douglas’s first trip ebook, Siren Land is an homage to part of the realm that captivated the writer greater than the other. Weaving the myths of the Sirens into the panorama and background of the zone, Douglas writes with wisdom and an irrepressible exuberance of the prior and the current, of legends and archaeology, folklore and everyday life, shopper saints, neighborhood ghosts, wine, and the wind.

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Download E-books Hebraic Aspects of the Renaissance (Brill's Series in Jewish Studies) PDF

Christian Hebraism got here to its complete fruition within the 17th century. even though, curiosity in Jewish and Hebraic assets had already elevated in the course of the early Renaissance, as a vital part of the renewed awareness to historical cultures, as a rule Greek and Roman, in addition to japanese cultures from Egypt to India. This quantity offers a range of papers from the foreign convention Hebraic points of the Renaissance (University of Haifa, may perhaps, 2009), that hint the humanist stumble upon with Hebrew and Jewish assets in the course of that interval. The chapters incorporated during this quantity not just light up the ways that Christian students encountered Hebraic resources and built-in them into their common worldview, but additionally current the encounters of Jewish students with humanist tradition.

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Download E-books The Latin Inscriptions of Rome: A Walking Guide PDF

By Tyler Lansford

Rome’s oldest identified Latin inscription dates from the 6th century BC; the newest significant specimen used to be fastened in 2006―a span of greater than and a part millennia. Remarkably, a lot of those inscriptions are nonetheless to be stumbled on in situ, at the partitions, gates, temples, obelisks, bridges, fountains, and church buildings of town. Classicist Tyler Lansford has accrued a few four hundred of those inscriptions and organized them―with English translations―into fifteen strolling excursions that hint the actual and old contours of town.

Each itinerary is prefaced via an in-depth creation that gives a survey of the historical past and topography of the correct region of the town. The Latin texts seem at the left-hand web page with English translations at the correct. the unique texts are outfitted with complete linguistic annotation, and the translations are supplemented with historic and cultural notes that specify who fixed them and why.

This distinct advisor will end up a desirable and illuminating better half for either subtle viewers to the everlasting urban and armchair tourists looking a singular viewpoint into Rome's wealthy history.

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