Title : GALILEO E L’UNIVERSO DEI SUOI LIBRI
Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze for
“2009 International Year of Astronomy”
Maker of product: Isabella Truci, Piero Scapecchi, Nicoletta Maraschio
Format: : 21 x 28 cm
n° pages: : 144
The year 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of when, in Padua, Galileo Galilei performed his first astronomical observations of Jupiter and its planets, pointing a telescope he himself had made at these celestial bodies; these investigations were soon followed, in the first months of 1610, by the publication of the Sidereus Nuncius in which Galileo informed the international scientific community of the fruit of his studies. For this reason, 2009 has been proclaimed as the International Year of Astronomy. As part of the national celebrations promoted by the National Committee for the IV centennial celebrations of Galileo Galilei’s invention of the telescope, the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze with the collaboration of the Accademia della Crusca, is organising an exhibition of manuscripts and documents, aimed at reconstructing Galileo’s library by means of books which belonged to him and in the Library’s possession, with a special accent also on the great scientist’s linguistic and literary interests. As we know, the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale possesses the Fondo Galileiano, which gathers almost all of the autograph works by Galileo presently existing in the world, as well as many printed works by him and by the protagonists of the scientific debate around the figure of the Pisan scientist. The fundamental basis for the study of this corpus are the contributions of Antonio Favaro who edited the publication of Galileo’s works and papers, and dedicated a still unsurpassed study to the reconstruction of his library, based on archive documents. With the contribution of the prestigious Accademia della Crusca, of which Galileo was a member, the exhibition also intends to take a close-up look at the contribution of the great scientist to the formation of scientific language, examining his particular use of Latin and Vulgar Italian, as well as his participation in the Vocabolario.