Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli
and the Science Against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo.
LIKE MANY HISTORIANS of modern astronomy, I first encountered Giovanni Battista Riccioli
's Almagestum Novum (New Almagest) through the writings of John Flamsteed.
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.
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
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In 1651 the Italian theologian Giovanni Battista Riccioli
published a map of the Moon giving names of philosophers and astronomers to lunar features.
* Also by Graney: Giovanni Battista Riccioli
's Seventy-Seven Arguments Against the Motion of the Earth, arxiv.org/abs/1011.3778.
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and the Science of His Time"; Paula Findlen, "Scientific Spectacle in Baroque Rome: Athanasius Kircher and the Roman College Museum"; Victor Navarro, "Tradition and Scientific Change in Early Modern Spain: The Role of the Jesuits"; G.H.W.
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).