What We Are Reading Today: On the Life of Galileo by Stefano Gattei

Updated 11 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: On the Life of Galileo by Stefano Gattei

  • These documents paint an incomparable firsthand picture of Galileo

This unique critical edition presents key early biographical accounts of the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642), written by his close contemporaries. 

Collected and translated into English for the first time and supplemented by an introduction and incisive annotations by Stefano Gattei, these documents paint an incomparable firsthand picture of Galileo and offer rare insights into the construction of his public image and the complex intertwining of science, religion, and politics in 17th-century Italy, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

Here in its entirety is Vincenzo Viviani’s Historical Account, an extensive and influential biography of Galileo written in 1654 by his last and most devoted pupil. Viviani’s text is accompanied by his “Letter to Prince Leopoldo de’ Medici on the Application of Pendulum to Clocks” (1659), his 1674 description of Galileo’s later works, and the long inscriptions on the façade of Viviani’s Florentine palace (1702). The collection also includes a Latin poem written in 1620 by Cardinal Maffeo Barberini.


Highlights from ‘Fashcultivate’ running at Dubai's 1971 Design Space 

‘Fashcultivate’ runs until February 8. (Supplied)
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Highlights from ‘Fashcultivate’ running at Dubai's 1971 Design Space 

Here are some highlights from ‘Fashcultivate,’ which runs until February 8 at 1971 – Design Space in Dubai. 

‘Um Rashid’

Hessa Al-Suwaidi

“Fashcultivate” is an exhibition of commissioned pieces inspired by the date palm from a number of regional designers, including Emirati textiles designer Hessa Al-Suwaidi, whose work merges traditional techniques (in this case, safeefa — palm-frond weaving) with digital photography and illustrations.

‘The Palm Tree of Life’

Khalid Mezaina

Mezaina — founder of his own studio and brand, Krossbreed — contributes this woven carpet as his tribute to the date palm. Mezaina embroidered and screen printed illustrations of the tree onto the carpet using green to symbolize leaves and brown to symbolize trunks within a red outline.

‘Faraara’

Maryam Omaira

The Emirati designer, who established her eponymous fashion and jewelry brand in 2012, created a typically experimental and bold piece for “Fashcultivate,” producing a striking spiky dress with a silhouette that is reminiscent of the outline of the palm tree’s fronds.