Giovanni Domenico Cassini

A Modern Astronomer in the 17th Century

  • Gabriella Bernardi

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gabriella Bernardi
    Pages 1-2
  3. Liguria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-4
    2. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 5-8
    3. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 9-13
  4. Bologna

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 17-20
    3. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 21-24
    4. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 25-27
    5. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 37-42
    6. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 43-47
    7. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 49-52
    8. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 53-58
    9. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 59-64
  5. Paris

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-66
    2. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 67-73
    3. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 75-80
    4. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 81-86
    5. Gabriella Bernardi
      Pages 87-94

About this book


This book offers a fascinating account of the life and scientific achievements of Giovanni Domenico Cassini, or Cassini I, the most famous astronomer of his time, who is remembered today especially for his observations of the rings and satellites of Saturn and his earlier construction of the great meridian line in the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna. The various stages of his life are recounted in an engaging style, from his early childhood in Perinaldo and his time at the famous Jesuit College in Genoa, to his later experiences in Bologna and Paris. The emphasis, however, is on the scientific side of his life.

The book explores his impressive body of work in diverse fields while also drawing attention to the international character of his endeavors, the rigor of his research, and his outstanding management skills, which combined to make him an early embodiment of the “European scientist.” It was also these abilities that gained him the attention of the most powerfu

l king in Europe, Louis XIV of France (the “Sun King”), under the auspices of whom he set up the Paris Observatory in 1671. He would go on to serve as Director of the Observatory, where he would make the majority of his scientific discoveries, for the rest of his life.


Giovanni Domenico Cassini biography Jean Dominique Cassini Cassini’s map of the Moon Giuseppe Campani’s Telescopes Satellites of Saturn Meridian line in the Church Basilica of San Petronio Cassini and Christine of Sweden Jean Dominique Cassini and Geneviève Delaistre Cassini and Christian Huygens Cassini-Huygens mission Cassini's meridian line Paris Observatory history

Authors and affiliations

  • Gabriella Bernardi
    • 1
  1. 1.TorinoItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63467-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63468-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0613
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0621
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