Galileo in his Time

Monday, February 13, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Guy Consolmagno, Research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory

Science is always shaped by what is happening in the broader society that supports it, and the science of the 17th century was no different. Speaking as a Jesuit scientist, Dr. Consolmagno examines how Galileo’s work challenged the science of the day, how it was shaped by the personal ambitions of the main players in the field of natural philosophy at that time, and how Galileo’s standing rose and fell with the fortunes of the Spanish during the Thirty Years War.

Sponsored by the DePaul Department of Catholic Studies