Lesson Plan

Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas

Modern Persian Astrolabe.
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Modern Persian Astrolabe.

Galileo has long stood as an emblem of intellectual freedom and the triumph of truth over superstition. Yet his achievements can also help students recognize the contingency of even the most inevitable-seeming historical developments and how the consequences of historic turning-points extend into our lives today.

Guiding Questions

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Learning Objectives

To understand the historical significance of Galileo's scientific achievements

To explore the element of "inevitability" in our perception of historical developments

To examine the values underlying historic choices.