Recreate Experiments from History: Inform the Future from the Past: Galileo

Two photographs of buildings and trees that illustrate daily scenes surrounding us.

Photographs of buildings and trees illustrating everyday scenes around us. (Photo courtesy of MIT Student.)

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EC.050

As Taught In

January IAP 2010

Level

Undergraduate

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2010 marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's astonishing sightings of features on the moon, stars, and moons around Jupiter that no one had seen before. Recreate these new ways of seeing and exploring from the materials and techniques Galileo had on hand, while you reflect on the times and works of Galileo. What was it like to improvise new ways of seeing and exploring from the materials and techniques on hand? What do we notice? What surprises us? How can we relate to past experience and ideas? What are we curious to research? How does our experimenting grow into our learning? Let your own curiosity drive your explorations.

Elizabeth Cavicchi. EC.050 Recreate Experiments from History: Inform the Future from the Past: Galileo, January IAP 2010. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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