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Introduction

  • Gabriella Bernardi
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Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Abstract

Giovanni Domenico Cassini, or Cassini I, is the complete name of the famous astronomer of the 16th century who founded a dynasty of scientists including astronomers, cartographers, and ending with a lone biologist. This remarkable family scored the extraordinary record of a total of six astronomers, four Cassinis and two nephews belonging to the Maraldi lineage, who worked at the Paris Observatory. Yet, the most famous of them remains Cassini I, whose fame is mostly linked to the rings and the satellites of Saturn, as well as to his earlier realization of the great meridian line in the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TorinoItaly

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