Watching Vesuvius: A History of Science and Culture in Early Modern Italy by Sean Cocco (Hardback, 2013)

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Mount Vesuvius has been famous ever since its eruption in 79 CE, when it destroyed and buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But less well-known is the role it played in the science and culture of early modern Italy, as Sean Cocco reveals in this ambitious and wide-ranging study.