Springer Biographies

Giovanni Domenico Cassini

A Modern Astronomer in the 17th Century

Authors: Bernardi, Gabriella

  • Recounts the life and scientific achievements of the most famous astronomer of his time
  • Explores Cassini’s impressive accomplishments in diverse fields
  • Offers insightful accounts of Cassini’s observations of the rings and satellites of Saturn, as well as his construction of the great meridian line in the Basilica of San Petronio
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This book offers a fascinating account of the life and scientific achievements of Giovanni Domenico Cassini, or Cassini I, the most famous astronomer of his time, who is remembered today especially for his observations of the rings and satellites of Saturn and his earlier construction of the great meridian line in the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna. The various stages of his life are recounted in an engaging style, from his early childhood in Perinaldo and his time at the famous Jesuit College in Genoa, to his later experiences in Bologna and Paris. The emphasis, however, is on the scientific side of his life.

The book explores his impressive body of work in diverse fields while also drawing attention to the international character of his endeavors, the rigor of his research, and his outstanding management skills, which combined to make him an early embodiment of the “European scientist.” It was also these abilities that gained him the attention of the most powerful king in Europe, Louis XIV of France (the “Sun King”), under the auspices of whom he set up the Paris Observatory in 1671. He would go on to serve as Director of the Observatory, where he would make the majority of his scientific discoveries, for the rest of his life.

About the authors

Gabriella Bernardi holds a degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Scientific Communication. After having worked at Alenia Spazio in Turin (Rosetta mission), she decided to devote her energies to science, and especially astronomy. She is currently a freelance journalist for magazines and periodicals, as well as a scientific blogger. She is a member of the Unione dei Giornalisti Scientifici Italiani (UGIS) and the European Union of Scientific Journalists’ Association (EUSJA). Gabriella won an Italian award for popular science journalism, and is the author of three books in Italian that aim to popularize astronomy for children and young people. In 2016 she published “The Unforgotten Sisters - Female Astronomers and Scientists before Caroline Herschel” with Springer. 

 

Table of contents (23 chapters)

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eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63467-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Giovanni Domenico Cassini
Book Subtitle
A Modern Astronomer in the 17th Century
Authors
Series Title
Springer Biographies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63468-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63468-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63467-8
Series ISSN
2365-0613
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 186
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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