, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 667–672 | Cite as

Spotting the Sun: A translation and analysis of three early seventeenth-century works on sunspots

Galileo Galilei and Christoph Scheiner: On sunspots (translated and introduced by Eileen Reeves and Albert Van Helden). Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2010, xi+418pp, $40.00 PB
  • Luciano Boschiero
Essay Review

This book contains excellent and timely English translations of Galileo’s Istoria e dimostrazioni intorno alle macchie solari e loro accidenti (1613) and Christoph Scheiner’s corresponding works on sunspots, Tres Epistolae de Maculis Salaribus (1612) and De Maculis Solaribus et Stellis circa Iovem Errantibus Accuratior Disquisitio (1612). Sections of Galileo’s letters on sunspots had been translated into English and published by Stillman Drake in 1957 but the letters have never been translated in their entirety (Drake 1957). Meanwhile, Scheiner’s works have never before been translated into any language from the original Latin. But the lack of complete English translations of these works is not the only reason for this book’s importance to Galilean scholarship. While Eileen Reeves and Albert Van Helden are credited on the cover with translating and introducing the material by Galileo and Scheiner, they also provide commentary and analysis in several key chapters, adding a thorough...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Campion CollegeToongabbie EastAustralia

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