The Trial of Galileo

This course explores one of the most famous events in the history of science. In the first half of the course you will read and write about some of Galileo’s works on astronomy and physics, as well as the key documents from his two trials before the Roman Inquisition. In the second half you will read and write about a selection of reactions to the second trial as a way of exploring problems of historical interpretation. You will study the responses of Galileo’s contemporaries, as well as eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth-century interpretations of the trial—including Bertolt Brecht’s play Galileo and two recent works by historians of science.

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4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

Karl R Appuhn
M: 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM KJCC 701