Galileo Demonstrates His Telescope

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In the late summer of 1638, John Milton (the English thinker and writer) visited Galileo (by that time an elderly man) in the Tuscan town of Arcetri. 

Milton - impressed by Galileo's independent thinking and boldness of expression - wanted to understand how Galileo had reached his conclusions.

Later in his life, when Milton wrote Paradise Lost, he recalled some of the discussions he had with Galileo.  It was Galileo’s conjecture that the lunar surface had both land (the “brighter part”) and water (“its darker region”).  We read this, in Book V of Milton’s famous work:

…As when by night the glass Of Galileo, less assured, observes

Imagin’d Lands and Regions on the Moon.

This image depicts a black-and-white engraving of Annibale Gatti’s interpretation of the meeting between Galileo and Milton.  He created his oil-on-canvas in the nineteenth century.

Media Credits

Image, described above, by Annibale Gatti (1827-1909); online, courtesy Museo Galileo (an Italian-language website).



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