Event—Adult Education

Galileo: Science, Art, Literature


We've all heard the name Galileo. This class provides an accessible introduction to the figure's life and scientific contributions.

Dialogo di Galileo Galilei Linceo matematico sopraordinario dello studio di Pisa E filosofo, 1632. Call number: VAULT Case 4A 876

Class Description

This class is an introduction to Galileo Galilei's contributions to the history of science, with a focus on his literary output and the role of scientific illustrations in the printed works of 17th-century Europe.

The figure of Galileo will be analyzed, in an accessible way, in the context of what we now call the Scientific Revolution and against the background of the literary and artistic history of Baroque Italy. 

We will also reflect on the relevance of the Galileo affair in the history of religion, discussing its developments and open problems.

Daniele Macuglia is a physicist and historian of science who received his PhD in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science from the University of Chicago in 2017. He is an assistant professor at the Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies at Peking University.

Materials List

  • John L. Heilbron, Galileo. Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0199655984

First Reading

  • Chapter 1, pp. 1-27

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $247 ($220.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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