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.