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FRANCESCO BIANCHINI E IL PIANETA VENERE

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<title> ABSTRACT </title>Francesco Bianchiniand thePlanetVenus.Astronomy, Chronology andHistoryof theEarth Between RomeandParis inthe early XVIII Century - The telescopic appearance of the planet Venus' surface was first accurately studied and described by the Italian astronomer and scholar Francesco Bianchini (1662-1729), in a book he published in Rome in 1728. The paper explores the author's scientific network and his cultural milieu, and analyses the processes leading from his telescopic sketches of the planet to the final engravings he presented to the public. I argue that the astronomer's conclusions did not result from telescopic observations alone, but were deeply influenced by the interplay which took place at the beginning of the eighteenth century between image production in planetary astronomy, and the contemporary debates on the chronology and history of the Earth.

Affiliations: 1: Devo molto alla cortesia di chi ha letto pazientemente le bozze di questo saggio, come il dott. Dario Generali e la professoressa Orietta Rossi Pinelli dell'Università di Roma 1; un ringraziamento particolare va ai professori Gianpaolo Romagnani e Luca Ciancio dell'Università di Verona per la loro costante assistenza, e alla dottoressa Paola Bertucci dell'Università di Bologna per i suoi consigli ed il suo incoraggiamento.

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2016-12-03

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