Talk:Niccolò Zucchi

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Article expanded[edit]

Added much from other biographical articles. I have toned down Niccolò Zucchi re: the reflecting telescope. I have found no solid references that he had anything to do with it other than trying to see if he could see the image formed by a bronze mirror he barrowed from someone else. The idea that he observed Jupiter’s belts and spots on Mars with one seems to be a jump in logic, since if it was true, he was using a reflector that was 130 years more advanced than anyone else’s... somebody would have wrote about that. I suspect he was using Keplerian refracting telescopes for those observations. I see only one reference to him giving a reflector to Kepler, and I suspect that one as well. Again it may be someone making the logical jump "if he invented a reflector, he gave one to Kepler". Better references are needed. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 05:04, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Inspired Gregory / Newton?[edit]

rm'ed the following claim to talk:

His book may have inspired James Gregory and Isaac Newton to build reflecting telescopes

Statement is unverified and what i can find actually states the opposite (Alan Elihu Shapiro, Fits, passions, and paroxysms: physics, method, and chemistry and ... - Page 108). Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 15:53, 31 May 2010 (UTC)

Meeting Kepler in 1632?[edit]

"In 1632, Zucchi was a member of a Papal legate sent to the court of Ferdinand II. There he met Johannes Kepler, the German mathematician and astronomer." That sounds like it'd be rather hard, since the article for Kepler says he died in 1630. I don't know what the correct year is, I'm just pointing out the inconsistency. (talk) 16:16, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Good catch. Many sources say 1632 which is obviously wrong. Added source which says 1623, "Apart from the fact that he met and sought to convert Kepler during a visit in 1623 to the court of the Hapsburg Emperor Ferdinand II at Prague,...."... convert from a heliocentric view? Another source seems to claim it was a Venice meeting in 1621[1]. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 20:02, 25 November 2012 (UTC)