Watches and Sunflowers Rotating Upon a Stationary Earth
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The arrival of Athanasius Kircher in Rome does not pass unnoticed. For example, Raffaello Magiotti, a priest from Tuscany who had studied with Galileo, immediately informs his teacher “… a Jesuit scientist has just arrived in Rome: apparently, he has lived for a long time in the East, he can speak 12 languages, has studied geometry, and has brought with him a few interesting objects. Among other things, he has a flower which turns according to the Sun’s rotation, and works like a watch. He has pinned this flower upon a piece of cork, which floats on the water: there is an iron pointer on top showing the hours, and there is a mechanism which calculates the time in other parts of the world…”.