Paolo Casati (1617–1707) was an Italian Jesuit and mathematician.
In 1651, Casati was sent on a mission to Stockholm in order to gauge the sincerity of Christina of Sweden's intention to become Catholic.
The 1658 astronomical work Terra machinis mota (English: Earth-moving mechanism) imagines a dialogue between Galileo, Paul Guldin, and Marin Mersenne on various intellectual problems of cosmology, geography, astronomy and geodesy. For example, they discuss how to determine the Earth's dimensions, floating bodies, the phenomena of capillarity, and also describe the experiment on the vacuum made by Otto von Guericke in 1654. The work is remarkable for the fact that it represents Galileo in a positive light, in a Jesuit work, only 25 years after Galileo's condemnation by the Church. He also discussed the hypothesis of horror vacui, that nature abhors a vacuum, in his thesis Vacuum proscriptum.
Complete work (8+ 392+22)
Hard-to-find book, no one for sale online, only one in the Collective Catalogue of Spain’s Bibliographic Heritage (CCPB).
Some sporadic stains, folds and acidification on edges as seen in the photos, but in good general condition, firm, consistent paper and well adorned book. Rebound and trimmed at some point in the 20th century.
Last 16 pages (look at the photos please)
- Aantal boeken
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Paulus Casatus
- Dissertationes physicae de igne
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Gleditsch (Frankfurt)
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 20×16 cm