Science, Culture and Politics: Renaissance Italy and the Thirty Years' War
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The Galileo Affair short course – Session 3
This week, we widen our perspective to encompass the wider social, political and cultural context of the Galileo affair. In doing so, we gain a deeper understanding of how the affair was shaped by Galileo’s cultural identity as a courtier for Grand Duke of Tuscany and the political turmoil of the Thirty Years' War.
About the course
The ‘Galileo Affair’, as it has come to be known, remains one of the most fascinating episodes in the history of science. It is often taken as an illustration of the repressive attitude of the Catholic Church to the rise of modern science in the 17th century, and an example of the fundamental conflict between science and religion. Yet, it has been subject to distortion and myth, and continues to spark intense disagreement among historians, scientists and philosophers.
In this short course, we focus on these questions, in an attempt to shed light on this fascinating episode. Each session takes a different historical perspective, as we delve beyond the myth, in search of a deeper understanding of one of the defining episodes of Western history.
Individual session: $65/$55*
Series pass (four sessions): $250/$200*
*University of Melbourne alumni, staff and students