Giovanni Battista Riccioli

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Riccioli, Giovanni Battista


Born Apr. 17, 1598, in Ferrara; died June 25, 1671, in Bologna. Italian astronomer.

Riccioli’s work A lmagestum novum (New Almagest) was published in 1651. An encyclopedia of the astronomical knowledge of the time, the A Imagestum included the minutes of the trial of Galileo and the text of Galileo’s recantation. It also included a map of the moon, on which craters were named after astronomers.

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Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science Against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo.
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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).
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He soon met the celebrated Jesuit astronomers Giovanni Battista Riccioli and Francesco Maria Grimaldi, who suggested to the Bolognese Senate that it appoint him as a professor of astronomy.
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.
Giovanni Battista Riccioli gave the maria, or "seas," their colorful names, such as Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) and Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquillity).