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Galileo's Battle for the Heavens

Galileo's Battle for the Heavens 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. The film is based on Dava Sobel's book, Galileo's Daughter, which reveals a new side to the famously stubborn scientist - that his closest confidante was his illegitimate daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun. In the film Simon Callow plays Galileo in dramatic reenactments of key moments from his life: his pioneering telescopic observations of the Moon and planets, his revolutionary experiments with falling objects, and his fateful trial before the Inquisition for heresy.

Galileo's Battle for the Heavens


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Galileo affair - wikipedia
The Galileo affair was a sequence of events, beginning around 1610, during which Galileo Galilei came into conflict with the Catholic Church over his support of Copernican astronomy.
Galileo Galilei
This is a collection of links to eBooks and films about Galileo Galilei who was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher.
Galileo: 400 Years of the Telescope
In 1609, Galileo constructed the first powerful telescope and started observing the heavens, which led to many monumental discoveries.
The Ascent of Man - 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.
The Story of Science - What is Out There?
This episode attempts to explain how our view about the cosmos has evolved from the ancient Greece to the present.

e-Books
The life of Galileo Galilei, with illustrations of the advancement of experimental philosophy
Author: John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune, 1801-1851. Subject: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642); Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630). Book Contributor: University of California Libraries.
The Sidereal Messenger of Galileo Galilei
Author: Galileo Galilei, 1564-1642; Johannes Kepler, 1571-1630; Edward Stafford Carlos. Subject: Astronomy. Publisher: London : Rivingtons. Book Contributor: Wellesley College Library.
Galileo and His Condemnation
Author: Ernest R. Hull, 1863-1952. Subject: Galileo Galilei, 1564-1642; Religion and science - Italy History 17th century. Publisher: London : Catholic Truth Society. Book contributor: Kelly - University of Toronto.