Nov 01, 2012
Jim Lattis, UW-Madison
"Galileo FAQ: Addressing some Myths and Misunderstandings"
Our views of Galileo — considered (rightly) as the founding figure of modern astronomy and frequently the very symbol of it — are surrounded by a fog of myths and misunderstandings. Sorry to say, many of these are propagated in the process of teaching astronomy. In an attempt to take a positive and concise approach to addressing the myths, I will present a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Galileo. Most of the questions have good answers, which will also be offered.