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Great works of astronomy

To celebrate the Year of Astronomy, the State Library of Victoria's Shane Carmody reflects on outstanding works of astronomy from the Library's collection.

The influential texts include a thirteenth century manuscript of Ptolemy's Almagest, a 1566 edition of Nicolaus Copernicus's De Revolutionbus and key first editions of works by Galileo and Isaac Newton.

The talk also examines the way astronomy impacted on the Endeavour voyage made by Captain James Cook between 1768 and 1771.

Shane is director of Collections and Access at the State Library of Victoria.

This talk was held at the State Library of Victoria on 10 September 2009.