An Impressive Galileo Forgery Is the Subject of a New PBS Doc

An Impressive Galileo Forgery Is the Subject of a New PBS Doc

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What if you found out that a one-of-a-kind book by Galileo was actually a fake. That’s what happened when a copy of Sidereus Nuncius, written in 1610 by the famous astronomer, was discovered to be an act of forgery. Sidereus Nuncius was the first book of its kind to show the lunar surface as mountainous and also contained observations of the four satellites orbiting Jupiter. These findings were vital in disproving the heliocentric view of the Earth that many had up until that point.     What made this copy so special was that it featured not only Galileo’s signature, …