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March 10, 2009 at 6:00 PM EDT
411 Willard Straight Hall
Science is always shaped by what is happening in the broader society that supports it, and the science of the 17th century was no different. Dr. Consolmagno examines how Galileo’s work challenged the science of the day, how it was shaped by the personal ambitions of the main players in the field of natural philosophy at that time, and how Galileo’s standing rose and fell during the Thirty Years War.
Dr. Guy Consolmagno is an Astonomer at the Vatican Observatory. He is the author of several books, including Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist (McGraw-Hill, 2001), and God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion(Jossey-Bass, 2007). He formerly served as the Chair of the Division for Planetary Sciencesof the American Astronomical Society, and as a visiting Professor of Physics at Fordham University.