HIS 350L • 32-The Galileo Affair-W
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course will focus on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), particularly his conflict with Church authorities and his condemnation in 1633. We will also put Galileo's work in several broader contexts: the development of science in the 16th and 17th centuries; court life and patronage in early modern Italy; and the history of relations between science and religion. This is a Substantial Writing Component course. The emphasis will be on research, writing, and class discussion. Upper-division standing required. Meets with R S 357.
Richard Blackwell, Galileo, Bellarmine, and the Bible Stillman Drake (ed.), Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo Annibale Fantoli, Galileo: For Copernicanism and for the Church Maurice Finocchiaro (ed.), The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History plus a packet of xeroxed readings.