Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas
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.
No guiding questions
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.