Synopsis: "Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo" is an important account and analysis of seventeenth-century scientific arguments against the Copernican system.
Critique: A masterfully presented work of seminal scholarship, "Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo" is enhanced with the inclusion of illustrations and tables, two appendices, twenty-four pages of notes, an eight page list of works cited, and a fifteen page index.
This Copernican use of religion to answer a scientific objection to heliocentrism greatly troubled one of the most prominent defenders of geocentrism, the Italian Jesuit astronomer Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598-1671).
23) Another example, the Italian Jesuit astronomer Giovanni Battista Riccioli (who among other things introduced the system of lunar nomenclature still used today; the "Sea of Tranquility"--"Mare Tranquillitatis"--which became an icon of modern culture in 1969 when the Apollo 11 "Eagle" landed there, was named by Riccioli) (24) wrote extensively on the subject of star sizes a generation after Galileo and Marius.
Grant) to a contextual study of the Jesuit astronomer Giovanni Battista Riccioli
Stephenson describes the work of two authors who did try to grapple with Kepler's complicated theories, the English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks and the Italian Jesuit Giovanni Battista Riccioli
(who wrote on the history of astronomy), and he is the first to give these authors deserved recognition.