As with his other major works, this is in the form of a dialogue between the characters Salviati, Sagredo and Simplicio, who had also appeared in his troublesome Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems of 1632. After Galileo's troubles with the papal authorities because of the Dialogo, he arranged for the publication of this work in a state where the ban on publishing his works was of little import; some of his correspondence with Louis Elzevir survives.
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