Johann Schreck: Galileo’s Friend in China

How did knowledge spread in Galileo’s world?

Johann Schreck joined the Jesuit order in 1611, the same year that he used Galileo’s telescope to observe the satellites of Jupiter. Upon becoming a Jesuit, Schreck joined the Jesuit mission in China, taking with him a scientific library of approximately 7,000 volumes as well as a Galilean telescope. Schreck’s story is the beginning of a century-long exchange of scientific ideas between Europe and Asia. 

Exhibit object: Johann Schreck, Ensei kiki zusetsu rokusai


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