Early Revolutions in Astronomy and Galileo’s Legacy

Daniel Zalec

Astronomer Michelle Thaller discusses the great struggle between observation, science, and reason; and religious dogma, backed by church power. At no point has this tension played out more famously, than when Galileo began publishing and promoting his observations of the heavens. Dr. Thaller provides fascinating insight into Galileo the man, and the historical context in which he worked. Most importantly, she highlights the scientific legacy he left for us all.

Lecture date: February 17, 2010.
Additional video: Hammer vs. Feather.

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