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Old 07-04-2019, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default "Galileo's Moon"...very cool...

I caught an episode of PBS' "Secrets of the Dead"--always interesting to watch--entitled "Galileo's Moon" which deals with a purported legitimate copy of Galileo's book Sidereus Nuncius--"discovered" in 2005--which is absolutely fascinating not only because of the typography discussions but also the history.

For the experts who deemed the copy legitimate (again, starting in 2005), there was a distinct lack of basic research which led them down the wrong path. To wit, the assumption that 17th century books are hard to fake because none of these antiquarian book dealers apparently ever heard of or considered letterpress printing and trusted non-invasive testing for age of materials.

Definitely worth a watch...'-}}

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