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Moore Treasures of the History of Science Collections at OU

Event Type: Cancelled
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 7/22/2014
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 A Galileo’s World exhibition, coming to OU in August 2015, will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view in one setting a complete set of first editions of Galileo’s printed works published during his own lifetime. Very few libraries in the world hold more than half of these works in first editions, but the OU Libraries hold them all. Moreover, four of the first edition copies at OU contain Galileo’s own handwriting, including:
• Sidereus nuncius (Venice, 1610), the first published report of telescopic observations.
• Dialogo (1632), the book for which Galileo was put on trial.
• Compasso (1606), Galileo’s first and rarest work, a manual for an engineering instrument he invented and had made in his home.
• Difesa (1607), a defense of the Compasso against an imposter and plagiarizer.
In addition, a fifth copy at OU was owned by Galileo himself and passed through his hands (Il Saggiatore, 1623).

The exhibition will include approximately 300 rare books, including works by Euclid, Ptolemy, Chaucer, Regiomontanus, Copernicus, Dürer, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Newton, Huygens and Cassini. Lesser-known highlights will include treasures like the Apiarium, the earliest published record of observations made with a microscope, printed by two of Galileo’s fellow members in the Academia dei Lincei.

This remarkable display of rare books is unprecedented. Magruder's presentation will provide a sneak peek at the OU Galileo collection and the Galileo's World exhibition.
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Location: Room B
Status: Closed

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