Trial of Galileo, The:Aristotelianism, the " New Cosmology" and the Catholic Church, 1616-1633

series
Prentice Hall
author
Frederick Purnell / Mark C. Carnes / Michael S. Pettersen / . Barnard University
publisher
Pearson
cover
Softcover
edition
1
language
English
total pages
224
pub.-date
Oktober 2007
ISBN13
9780321341327
ISBN
0321341325
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Description

The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the "New Cosmology," and the Catholic Church, 1616-1633shows the confrontation between Copernicanism, as brilliantly propounded by Galileo, and the elegant cosmology of Aristotle, as defended energetically by conservatives within the Inquisition.

 

Part of the “Reacting to the Past” series, this text consists of a game in which students are assigned roles, informed by classic texts, set in a particular moment of intellectual and social ferment.  The issues range from the nature of faith and the meaning of the Bible to the scientific principles and methods as advanced by Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo.  The game includes several optional science labs in optics and astronomy.

Features

  • The game includes important historical readings, such as Aristotle's On the Heavens, Galileo's Starry Messenger (1610), and Dialogue on the Two Major World Systems (1632), as well as illustrative declarations of the Council of Trnet. 
  • “Reacting” improves speaking, writing, and leadership skills; in addition, it  promotes engagement with classic texts and history and builds learning communities.
  • This series can be used for a wide variety of curricular and institutional purposes-as the foundation for a first-year general education course, an upper-class “capstone” experience, or the discussion component of a large lecture class.  It can also be used for intersession courses, honors programs, and other specialized curricular purposes.
  • Students “run” each game, which includes multiple roles for classes.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

I. THE GAME

 

Introduction

The Historical Context

        The Protestant Challenge

        Aristotle and Aquinas

        Enter Galileo Galilei

        The Religious Controversy Begins

The Cast of Characters

        Role Allocation by Class Size

        Allocation of Positions within the Major Factions

        Factional and Indeterminate Players: Basic Goals

Key Elements of the Game

        The Holy Office

        Debates within the Academies

        Prince Cesi's Party

        Patron Credits

        Writing Assignments

        Classes with Laboratory Experiments/Demonstrations

        Ways in Which the Game Departs from History

Phases of the Game

        Phase One (1616)

        Phase Two (1632-1633)

        Game Strategy

Class Assignments and Activities

        Overview

        Set-Up Sessions

        Game Sessions 1-5: Phase One (1616)

        Game Sessions 6-9: Phase Two (1632-1633)

        Post-Mortem Sessions

 

APPENDICES

Appendix A: Introduction to Astronomy from Aristotle to Copernicus

Appendix B: Artistotle, On the Heavens and Posterior Analytics

Appendix C: Decrees by the Council of Trent Concerning Heresy

Appendix D: Galileo, The Starry Messenger (1610)

Appendix E: Galileo, ”Letter to Grand Duchess Christina” (1615)

Appendix F: Galileo, Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems (1632)

Appendix G: Laboratory Exercises

Appendix H: Bibliographical References