Brian Tung wrote:
> Ernie Wright wrote:
> > Galileo announced his observation of the phases of Venus in a letter to
> > Giuliano de Medici dated 11 December 1610. He hid the announcement in
> > the form of an anagram,
> > Haec immatura a me iam frustra leguntur o y
> Which incidentally also (mostly) makes sense in Latin: "These unripe
unripe = "incomplete" in this context. Literalist too much you are.
> things are read in vain by me"--ostensibly an indication of the
> prematurity of the observations at that time.
> He wanted to stake a
> claim to primacy, but the scientist in him wouldn't let him make the
> claim before he was certain it was right.
precisely, his character at work.
> The 'o' and 'y' are in there
> just to make the anagram come out right.
you sure about that? oyvey!
> > which when unscrambled is
> > Cynthiae figuras aemulatur mater amorum
> > The mother of love emulates the figures of Cynthia
> > Venus has phases like the Moon
> > This is all from Albert Van Helden's English translation of Sidereus
> > Nuncius.
> Brian Tung <brian@xxxxxxx>
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