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Galileo, Difesa contro alle calunnie & imposture di Baldessar Capra (Venice, 1607), title page photograph

Defense against the Calumnies and Impostures of Baldasar Capra!

Galileo inscribed a book to one of his physician friends in Venice:

Galileo’s connections with medicine were extensive. Not only did Galileo enter the University of Pisa in 1581 to study medicine, but physicians and health care providers remained among his friends the rest of his life. 

Galileo’s second printed work was a defense of his work on the geometrical and military compass, which had been plagiarized by a former student. He inscribed the OU copy to a friend who was a Venetian physician. Galileo’s handwriting in this copy was verified by Stillman Drake. This book is bound with his Compasso, displayed on the 5th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library.

Galileo's World Exhibition Location

Source: History of Science Collections

Section: Anatomy

Section Number: 1

Object Number: 8

Subject Area(s): Health Sciences, Law and Political Science

Time Period: 16th Century

Region(s): Europe, Italy

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