Arts and Ideas

Heavenly Imperfection: Galileo's Discovery of Sunspots

You can now watch video footage from the conference here.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities at Harvard, the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, the Museo Galileo of Florence, Trevi Icos, and the "2013, Year of Italian Culture in the United States" Project.

Conference Schedule

8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Beren Hall, Riesman Center for Harvard Hillel (Rosovsky Hall)

Peter Galison, Harvard University

Moving Images for Unstable Objects: Galileo's Pictorial Engagement with Change
Mario Biagioli, University of California, Davis School of Law

Spotted Felines and Spotted Sun: The Lincei and Galileo's Istoria
Paolo Galluzzi, Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

Conforme alle posizioni de i Pitagorici e del Copernico: Galileo's Cosmological View from Sidereus to the Letters on Sunspots
Franco Giudice, University of Bergamo

What about Scheiner?
Albert Van Helden, Rice University & University of Utrecht

Summer School: Galileo's Research Agenda of June 1612
Eileen Reeves, Princeton University

Science, Intercepted
Nick Wilding, Georgia State University

"The Great Witness": Theatrical Reflections on the Solar Spots
A performance by students of the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

5:00 pm, Lecture Hall A, Science Center

Galileo's Muse
A musical performance by "Listening to History."

Seating is limited.

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