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Re: galileo galilei - dates to confirm

Subject: Re: galileo galilei - dates to confirm
From: Hupat Tipo Netscapoetrxcvc
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 00:45:20 -0500
Newsgroups: sci.astro.amateur

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.

precisely.

> 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.
>
> --
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