Thomas L Hankins
Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.
We will study recent writings on Galileo's scientific work, his use of patronage and his role in the court culture of the 17th century. We will also study the recent actions by the Vatican to reconsider Galileo's trial and the history of the trial itself.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
No prerequisites. Previous history of science or early modern European history will be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
This course will have a seminar format and will require one short and one long paper.