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Galileo De systemate mundi

The Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published in Italian in 1632, and was immediately suppressed. A copy was smuggled out of Italy to Strasbourg, where the Dutch publisher Daniel Elzevir sponsored having it translated into Latin (for the broader scientific community) and printed there. It came out in 1635. The frontispiece shows Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Copernicus. In the Italian edition, all three figures were depicted as old graybeards, but in the Latin edition, Copernicus appears as a young man, representing the new science.

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Taken on January 21, 2021