Tibaldo and the Hole in the Calendar / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
Determined to recover his birthday, quick-witted Tibaldo manages an audience with Pope Gregory and speaks his mind. This story cleverly weaves an enjoyable account of the cultural and scientific milieu of 16th century Italy. Through Tibaldo's eyes, we learn of contemporary medical skills as practiced by his sister, a midwife, and his father; from Tibaldo's schoolteachers we learn about Renaissance astronomy and other sciences: and of course we learn the basis of the Gregorian reform that led to the calendar we use, with just minor changes, to this day.
Beautifully illustrated with drawings that reflect the style of the era, Tibaldo and the Hole in the Calendar offers a fascinating look at the Renaissance period and a delightful tale that will entertain readers of all ages.
Abner Shimony has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D from Princeton in Physics and has taught at MIT and Boston University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and author of Search for aNaturalistic World View, which won the Lakatos Award in Philosophy of Science for 1996.
Jonathan Shimony has studied and taught as a Luce scholar in Tokyo, and as a Fullbright fellow in Paris. He has exhibited in a number of group and solo shows throughout the world.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements
A Note on Fact and Fiction
The World of Tibaldo
Lessons in Astronomy
The Trouble with the Calender
The Hole in the Calender
Tibaldo Begins the Battle
The Birth of a Baby and a Plan
Pope Gregory's Visit to Bologna
What Happened Afterwards
More and Better Astronomy
Two Lectures by Master Vittorio
Messages from the Stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this is a really good book. i read it when i was about 8 and it was still amazing. this a great book for kids of all ages