• Gabriella Bernardi
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During the Little Ice Age, it was not unusual to see the rivers of the northern Europe freezing. In Paris, the Seine froze in the winter of 1709, and Cassini became seriously ill, but by spring he was almost fully recovered. His wife, Geneviève Delaistre, had died the previous year, on September 17, 1708, aged 55, and this event is reported in Cassini’s logbook with the simple words: “… Madame Cassini est morte aujourdui a 11 h du soir” [Mrs. Cassini died today at 11 pm] preceded by the values of atmospheric pressure and temperature. But life continues around him with happy events like the birth of a granddaughter, and his family and assistants were all occupied in astronomical work in the Observatory.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TorinoItaly

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