Galileo's O, Volume III, is perhaps without peer in the history of the book. In this work, historians in various fields revise the results they presented in the first two volumes, which focused on the New York copy of Sidereus Nuncius, written in 1610. The analysis of this book was conceived as a uniquely multidisciplinary and cooperative undertaking, and many of its findings remain valid. Yet the subject of analysis proved to be the work of an international group of forgers. Volume III describes the chronology and methods by which the discovery of forgery was made - a veritable watershed moment in the continuing struggle between the ever-more refined methods of forgers and new methods used to apprehend them. Ultimately, the work also provides insight into the psychology of specialists who "research themselves" in order to prevent similar errors in the future.
A presentation with the Galileo-Research-Team on behalf of the publishing of
Galileo's O, Bd. 3
A Galileo Forgery. Unmasking the New York Sidereus Nuncius
Edited by Horst Bredekamp, Irene Brückle and Paul Needham
Friday, 14.2.2014, 6 p.m.
Kinosaal (Raumänderung), Humboldt-Universität, Universitätsgebäude am Hegelplatz, Dorotheenstraße 24, 10117 Berlin
Salutation Prof. Dr. Peter A. Frensch (Vizepräsident für Forschung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Dr. Sven Fund (De Gruyter, Berlin)
Short lectures and public discussion
Horst Bredekamp (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin)
Irene Brückle (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart)
Oliver Hahn (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin)
Manfred Mayer (Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz)
Paul Needham (Princeton University)
Nicholas Pickwoad (University of the Arts London)
Theresa Smith (Harvard University, Cambridge)