Conversing with the Starry Messenger

Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, published in 1610, is one of the most thrilling and important scientific texts ever written, and the Linda Hall Library’s copy, arguably one of the most important copies in existence, is still revealing its secrets after 400 years.

Suor Maria Celeste

Suor Maria Celeste, nee Virginia Galilei, was “born of fornication,” according to the San Lorenzo parish registry, in the city of Padua, on August 13, 1600, and baptized the following week. Identified only as “Virginia, daughter of Marina from Venice,” the infant was...

Orazio Grassi

Orazio Grassi, an Italian mathematician, Jesuit priest, and architect, was born May 1, 1583.  Grassi entered the Society of Jesus when young, studied at the Collegio Romano in Rome under such notable Jesuit scientists as Christoph Clavius and Christoph Grienberger,...

Christina of Lorraine

The Grand Duchess Christina of Lorraine was born Aug. 16, 1565. Christina was the grand-daughter of Catherine d’ Medici, and she re-cemented her ties to the family in 1589, when she married Ferdinando I de’ Medici of Florence in a lavish wedding.  Christina...

Tommaso Campanella

Tommaso Campanella, an Italian Dominican priest and philosopher, was born Sep. 5, 1568. Tommaso was one of a long line of brilliant and original philosophers to come out of Calabria, the toe of the boot of Italy…