Florence 14

Florence Episode 14 Galileo

Galileo, the ‘father of modern Physics.’

Amid all the art and culture in Florence, it’s important to remember that the city also has a special place in the history of science, most notably as the home of Galileo. This episode begins with a biography, including his links to the Medici family, his early successes, such as the design of a ‘state of the art’ telescope, his main work and his controversial dispute with the catholic church, whose doctrine was in direct opposition to Galileo’s teaching, the latter insisting, whatever his Holiness thought, that the earth moved round the sun. Hear about the resulting trial and sentence, and find out about the places in Florence today where Galileo is remembered, notably at his tomb in Santa Croce and at the Science Museum named after him.