Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Sizzi, Francesco

  • Thomas Hockey
Reference work entry

FlourishedItaly, 1611

Florentine Francesco Sizzi wrote Dianoia Astronomica, a pedantic response to  Galileo Galilei’s Sidereus Nuncius. Sizzi argued that the Galilean satellites could not exist, because they would cause the quantity of “planets” to exceed the favored number seven.

Selected Reference

  1. Drake, Stillman (1970). “Sunspots, Sizzi, and Scheiner.” In Galileo Studies: Personality, Tradition, and Revolution, pp. 177–199. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Hockey
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  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA