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Learning Exercise

Material: Exploring Constitutional Law
Submitted by: William Paquette on Aug 01, 2008
Date Last Modified: Aug 01, 2008
Title: The Trial of Galileo Galilei, 1633
Description: Galileo was one of the Renaissance's most famous astronomers. Much discussion and controversy surrounds Galileo trial and recanting of his scientific views in order to obey the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-5 hours.
Topics: Renaissance Science Roman Catholic Church
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To acquaint students with one of the Renaissance's most important scientific figures. To acquaint students with the conflict of science versus religion.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: Once on the site "Exploring Constitutional Law," scroll to the bottom of the page and Click "Famous Trials." Click "Trial of Galileo Galilei." Read: Galileo's Dialogue Concerning Two World Systems, the 1616 Admonition, Galileo's 1633 Depositions, Galileo's Defense, Papal Condemnation, Galileo's Recantation, Key Figures. Write a 5-7 page paper answering the following questions. 1. What were Galileo's views on the movement of the planets? 2. How did Galileo reconcile his scientific views with the views of the Roman Catholic Church? 3. Summarize the 1616 Admonition. 4. Summarize Galileo's 1633 Depositions. 5. What was Galileo's Defense? 6. Why was Galileo condemned by the Roman Catholic Church? 7. Why did Galileo Recant? 8. Did Galileo get a fair trial?
Assessment: Paper.
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