Gabriele Beati and Jesuit Cosmology

This long-ago presentation was the banquet address for 2005 at the 48th annual meeting of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science. A later version was published as Kerry V. Magruder, “Jesuit Science after Galileo: The Cosmology of Gabriele Beati,” Centaurus 2009, 51: 189-212.

The research about global sections mentioned in the talk was later published in two related articles: Kerry V. Magruder, “Global Visions and the Establishment of Theories of the Earth,” Centaurus 2006, 48: 234-257; and a sequel, Kerry V. Magruder, “The Idiom of a Six Day Creation and Global Depictions in Theories of the Earth,” in Martina Kölb-Ebert, ed., Geology and Religion: Historical Views of an Intense Relationship between Harmony and Hostility, Geological Society of London Special Publications, no. 310 (London: The Geological Society of London, 2009), 49-66.

While the last two decades have seen an explosion of research in Jesuit science, perhaps this talk might still be of interest. For more recent work, however, see Christopher Graney, Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo; and Mark Wadell, Jesuit Science and the End of Nature’s Secrets; among many others.

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