Welcome to the Download page for the English language version of Agostino Scilla's book Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense. The translation has been funded through an Arts Council England Designation Development Fund grant.

This translation is based on the Italian language first edition of 1670. Illustrations have been digitised from a copy of the first edition and from Scilla's original drawings held in the Sedgwick Museum Archive.

Extensive use of hyperlinks has been made throughout this publication; it may be necessary to reconfigure your reader to navigate hyperlinks. 

This eBook is an 'evaluation version', please send any comments or corrections to sedgwickmuseum@esc.cam.ac.uk with 'Scilla' as the subject heading.

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My name is Andrew Simpson and I am a gallery volunteer at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and a recent MGeol graduate in Geology with Paleobiology from the University of Leicester. My main interest is in vertebrate palaeontology, however, I like writing about all facets of palaeontology, from evolutionary history to fossil lagerstätten.



This week we reached a major landmark in the development of the Museum’s new Collections Research Centre. We’ve just been handed the keys to the brand new Colin Forbes Building, a purpose-built collections store to house our internationally important rock and fossil collections.  We now start the ambitious task of moving our rock collection – weighing more than 150 tonnes – from a variety of locations across Cambridge.  Bringing our collections together, and creating a space where we can welcome research visitors enables us to take a big step towards our aim of creating a world-leading centre for Earth Sciences collections research.