Event: Galileo Galilei at the Barr

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The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to a free public talk with Professor Charles Pearce on Thursday 27 May 2010 at 1.05pm.

Venue: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

Charles PearceGalileo's Discorsi

Discover with Charles Pearce, Elder Professor of Mathematics at the University of Adelaide, the Barr Smith Library’s copy of Galileo’s Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche, intorno à due nuove scienze, 1638.

Find out where this book on two new sciences fits into Galileo’s life and work, what the book is about, its significance and the context of its publication in the Netherlands, and how the Barr Smith Library comes to own a copy* – which will be on display. Professor Pearce remarks that ‘Quite a lot has come to light on Galileo’s life and work in recent years that should both surprise and appeal to a general audience’.

More information about Professor Pearce is on the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics website’s Citation for the ANZIAM Medal and on the University of Adelaide’s School of Mathematical Sciences website.

Here’s a description of the Library’s copy of the Discorsi:

Galilei (Galileo)
Discorsi e dimostrazioni mathematiche, intorno à due nuoue scienze attenenti alla mecanica & i movimenti locali … Con una appendice del centro di grauità d’alcuni solida. In Leida, appresso gli Elsevirii. 1638, FIRST EDITION, woodcut device on title, woodcut figures or diagrams on 134 pages, very faint damp-stain in many head-margins, pp. [viii+]1-101,20l,103­ 264,285-292,273-281,282-283,284-304,297,306-307,300-301,310-311, 304-306[+vi] (the final 2 pp. carrying errata), sm.4 to, contemp.
vellum, backstrip hand-lettered, the cover a little stained, r.e. Cinti 102: Dibner Heralds of Science 141: PMM. 130: Renouard 468.

*Warning – plot spoiler!

If you really can’t wait to find out how the Barr Smith Library came to acquire this rare and valuable book, all is revealed in the lead article in the very first issue of University of Adelaide Library News volume 1, number 1, June 1979.

Bookings by Tuesday 25 May to:


Telephone: 8303 4064

Admission is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited.

Paul Wilkins

Deputy University Librarian

Barr Smith Library

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