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The Art of Renaissance Science
Galileo and Perspective
By Joseph W. Dauben, CUNY

BBC - Renaissance Secrets
"Renaissance Secrets goes on three, half hour quests of discovery to uncover some enduring mysteries of the Renaissance."
Episodes include: Mysteries of Marriage ; Riddle of the Dome ; Secret of the Winter Garden.
Sections include: What is History ; Doing History ; Links ; Venice: A Second Hand City ; The Italian Patient ; Conspiring Against the Queen ; What Did Gutenberg Invent?

Catalog of the Scientific Community of the 16th and 17th Centuries - (dead link)
"A searchable database of detailed histories of over 600 individuals who made significant contributions to Western science. These histories have been compiled by Richard S. Westfall, Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University."
From the Galileo Project

Galileo and Perspective - (dead link)
The Art of Renaissance Science
An informative introduction to his work and its influence
By Joseph W. Dauben

The Galileo Project - (dead link)
"...is a hypertext source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and the science of his time."
An extensive and important collection of resources
Rice University

Greek Astronomy
The Revival of an Ancient Science
From the online exhibit Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture

[Gutenberg Bible] The Gutenberg Bible : Digitised Images
"The British Library has two complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible and a small but important fragment of a third copy. One copy, printed on paper, was transferred in 1829 to the British Library with the library of King George III (1738-1820). The other copy, printed on vellum, was bequeathed by Thomas Grenville (1755-1846)."
- The British Library

[Gutenberg Bible] Gutenberg Digital
The collection of Digitised Documents, includes all 1282 pages of both volumes, illuminated pages, the "Helmasperger Notarial Instrument", "Model Book" and more. There is also an impressive collection of resources recording Gutenberg and his Impact. In German or English with some biblical passages in French as well.

[Gutenberg Bible] University of Texas - Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

  • The Gutenberg Bible at the Ransom Center
    "The Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable type, is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center's collections. It was printed at Johann Gutenberg's shop in Mainz, Germany and completed in 1454 or 1455. The Center's Bible was acquired in 1978 and is one of only five complete examples in the United States...For the first time, it is possible for the general public to view all of the pages from the University of Texas copy, including all of the large illuminated letters in volume I and the copious handwritten annotations, as well as other indications of the book's use in religious services."
    Sections include: The Book before Gutenberg ; Johann Gutenberg ; The Printing of the Bible ; The Spread of Printing ; The Appearance of the Bible ; Anatomy of a Page ; The Ransom Center Copy ; Selected Pages ; Digital Gutenberg Project ; Additional Resources.

The Jesuits and the Sciences: 1540-1995 - (dead link)
Maintained by Anne Houston, Science Librarian, Loyola University of Chicago

Mathematicians of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
"Available here are accounts of the lives and works of seventeenth and eighteenth century mathematicians (and some other scientists), adapted from A Short Account of the History of Mathematics by W. W. Rouse Ball (4th Edition, 1908)."
Maintained by David R. Wilkins, School of Mathematics, Trinity College Dublin

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (German or English)

The Measurers- A Flemish Image of Mathematics in the Sixteenth Century
"This virtual version of the exhibition derives from the printed catalogue that accompanied the exhibition and includes over 6000 words of text together with some 150 or so images illustrating a selection of the objects on display."
Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford, England

PBS NOVA - Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
Interactive companion to the TV broadcast
Sections include: His Life ; His Place in Science ; His Telescope (and Sir Isaac's) ; His Big Mistake ; His Experiments ; Falling Objects ; Projectiles ; Inclined Planes ; Pendulums ; Links & Books ; Teacher's Guide ; Transcript.

PBS NOVA - Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude
Companion site to the TV broadcast.
"...the program tells the story of how an unknown genius, John Harrison, discovered the key to navigating on the open seas and thus solved one of the thorniest problems of the 1700s."
Sections include: Great Challenge ; Ancient Navigators ; Resources ; Teacher's Guide ; Transcript.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries

  • Mosaic of Science Galaxy - (dead link)
    • Astronomiæ instauratæ mechanica by Tycho Brahe (1602)
      Tycho Brahe. AstronomiÊ instauratÊ mechanica [Instruments for the restoration of astronomy]. Noribergae [N¸rnberg]: apud L. Hvlsivm [by Levinus Hulsius], 1602. 107 unnumbered pages, woodcut and engraved illustrations, map, plans.
      "Tycho Brahe1 (1546-1601) was a Danish astronomer who built the best observatory in Europe and set a new standard for accurate celestial observations in the era before the invention of the telescope."

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