The Booklet of Theses Immortalized by Galileo
176 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Paperback | 9780268102425 | December 2017
eBook (PDF) | 9780268102432 | December 2017
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268102449 | December 2017
Hardcover | 9780268102418 | December 2017
Mathematical Disquisitions: The Booklet of Theses Immortalized by Galileo offers a new English translation of the 1614 Disquisitiones Mathematicae, which Johann Georg Locher wrote under the guidance of the German Jesuit astronomer Christoph Scheiner. The booklet, an anti-Copernican astronomical work, is of interest in large part because Galileo Galilei, who came into conflict with Scheiner over the discovery of sunspots, devoted numerous pages within his famous 1632 Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems—Ptolemaic and Copernican to ridiculing Disquisitiones. The brief text (the original was approximately one hundred pages) is heavily illustrated with dozens of original figures, making it an accessible example of "geocentric astronomy in the wake of the telescope."
Christopher M. Graney is professor of physics at Jefferson Community & Technical College. He is the author of Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).
"Christopher Graney has translated foreign terms and concepts in efficient, modern ways, often trimming from them the complicated metaphysical and rhetorical context. Many of Graney's notes explain mathematical concepts and astronomical phenomena in reference to what astronomers understand today, which will make the text more digestible to an audience familiar with and interested in modern astronomy. The text offers a nice counterbalance to the standard canon of Galileo readings students encounter." ~Darin Hayton, Haverford College
“With this translation, Graney makes available to a wider range of readers Locher’s ideas in a manner unmediated by the thoughts or the agenda of Galileo. It allows them to explore and assess on their own merits the arguments advanced by critics of Copernicanism in the early seventeenth century. This in turn makes it possible to understand contemporary cosmological debates in new ways.” ~European History Quarterly
"This well annotated and widely accessible translation of Johann Georg Locher’s 1614 Mathematical Disquisitions makes a forgotten text at the heart of the Galileo Affair newly available to scholars and students alike. By bringing the subtlety and complexity of Locher’s anti-Coperincan positions into view again, Christopher Graney adds enormously to our understanding of the historical complexities and contingencies at the root of this foundational debate in the history of science.” ~J. B. Shank, University of Minnesota
"The conventional concentration on the ‘big names’ leads to oversimplification and distortions in the history of astronomy, especially in the debates over the various world systems in the first half of the seventeenth century. Following up on his excellent Setting Aside All Authority, Christopher Graney brings us, with Mathematical Disquisitions, the voice of another bit player in those debates, broadening and filling out our picture of the period. It is to be hoped that others will follow his lead in this excellent endeavor." ~Thony Christie, author of the blog The Renaissance Mathematicus