The Ascent of Man

Episode 06 - The Starry Messenger. This episode looks at astronomy, tracing the origins of the scientific revolution in the conflict between truth and religious dogma, symbolized by the trial of Galileo. Jacob Bronowski travels to Easter Island and the ruins of the Mayan civilisation, before taking us into the Vatican's archive to view the file on Galileo.

Episode 06 - The Starry Messenger

Related Links
History of Astronomy - wikipedia
Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to antiquity, with its origins in the religious, mythological, cosmological, calendrical, and astrological beliefs and practices of pre-history.
Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
This is a PBS NOVA documentary celebrating the story of the father of modern science and his struggle to get Church authorities to accept the truth of his astonishing discoveries.

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Episode 01 - Lower Than the Angels
Episode 02 - The Harvest of the Seasons
Episode 03 - The Grain in the Stone
Episode 04 - The Hidden Structure
Episode 05 - Music of the Spheres
Episode 06 - The Starry Messenger
Episode 07 - The Majestic Clockwork
Episode 08 - The Drive for Power
Episode 09 - The Ladder of Creation
Episode 10 - World within World
Episode 11 - Knowledge or Certainty
Episode 12 - Generation upon Generation
Episode 13 - The Long Childhood