Evening News: Optics, Astronomy, and Journalism in Early Modern Europe

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This project emerged from a single sentence, rather freely translated, in Galileo’s Dialogue concerning the Two Chief World Systems. “Why talk of publications and notoriety?” Galileo’s spokesman Salviati asked during a discussion of novelty, innovation, and what we now call intellectual property. It would be difficult to overestimate the initial appeal of Salviati’s rhetorical question; shorn of context, it seemed to me a plangent transcription of my own professional concerns. But my interest in the relationships between newness, newsworthiness, and the rapid development of early modern astronomy soon transcended this narrow focus, and the question eventually became the basis of a long-term project. In preparing Evening News for publication, if not for notoriety, I have benefitted tremendously from the support of colleagues, friends, and family.

I would like to thank, first of all, Sachiko Kusukawa for welcoming me to the History of Science ages ago, and for her warm friendship ever since. I am also grateful to Raz Chen, Ofer Gal, Stefano Gattei, Robert Goulding, Lauren Kassell, Richard Kremer, Pamela Long, Tom Settle, Nancy Siraisi, Mark Smith, Pamela Smith, Rob Van Gent, and Huib Zuidervaart for maintaining my access to this discipline. I owe special thanks to Noel Swerdlow for his introduction to the history of astronomy, and to Mario Biagioli, Massimo Bucciantini, Michele Camerota, Sven Dupré, Paula Findlen, John Heilbron, Matteo Valleriani, Nick Wilding, and David Wootton for their tremendous generosity in all things Galileian. I extend warmest thanks, as always, to Albert Van Helden for years of intellectual guidance in every aspect of the history of science, sound professional advice, and an endless supply of amusing insights.

I am also greatly indebted to a number of art historians who share my interest in early modern science, and who have accommodated intrusions from a student of literature: Horst Bredekamp, Miles Chappell, Michael

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - Jesuits on the Moon 29
  • Chapter 2 - Medici Stars and the Medici Regency 57
  • Chapter 3 - Galileo Gazzettante 101
  • Chapter 4 - Cameras That Don’t Lie 135
  • Chapter 5 - Cameras That Do 165
  • Chapter 6 - Rapid Transport 206
  • Conclusion 231
  • Notes 235
  • Bibliography 273
  • Index 303
  • Acknowledgments 307
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