Galileo’s World at a Glance
Gallery at the Exhibit Website
Location: Headington Hall, University of Oklahoma, Athletics Department.
What would Coach Galileo say?
How many Athletic Departments buy rare books for their university libraries? Three years in a row, the Sooners have contributed a rare book to the OU Libraries Galileo collection: In 2014, the major book of Galileo’s father, a prominent music theorist; in 2013, a beautiful work on perspective drawing by Lorenzo Sirigatti, which Galileo studied; and in 2012, a handwritten manuscript of lectures by the leading astronomer in Rome during Galileo’s telescopic discoveries, never before published and new to scholars. The Galileo’s World exhibition is a way of saying thank you to the OU Sooners for bringing these rare treasures home to Oklahoma.
Section 1: Coach Galileo
- Andreas Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica (Basel, 1545), 2d ed., “On the Fabric of the Human Body”
- Girolamo Mercuriale, De arte gymnastica (Paris, 1577), “The Art of Gymnastics”
- Giovanni Borelli, De motu animalium (Leiden, 1685), “On the Motion of Animals”
- John Pugh, A Treatise on Muscular Action (London, 1794)
- Galileo, Discorsi à Due Nuove Scienze, in Opera (Bologna, 1656), 2 vols.,”Discourse on Two New Sciences”
- Baldassarre Castiglione, The Courtier (London, 1724)
- Stillman Drake, Galileo: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2001; originally printed 1983 in the Past Masters series), discussion guide.
- Dava Sobel, Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love (Walker, 1999)
- Maurice Finocchiaro, The Essential Galileo (Hackett, 2008)