Friday, January 22, 2010

Building a Temple to Galileo

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/22 at 11:35 AM

The Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence offers a number of on-line exhibits and educational activities, all conveniently collected on one page: Exhibits and Learning.

The “Exhibitions and Learning” page at the IMHS

Predictably, these exhibits celebrate the Medici support for science and Galileo’s contributions to science. Many of the exhibits are interactive, such as the “Court Scientists” exhibit.

The page from hydrometers from the “Court Scientists” exhibit

They also provide a list of “Scientific Itineraries in Tuscany,” including the obligatory “Art and Science in Tuscany” and “Astronomy in Tuscany” along with the more eclectic “Historic aqueducts in Tuscany” and “The Roads of Marble.” These are ideal for your next nerdy trip to Tuscany.

The IMHS’s “Scientific Itineraries” page, listing more than 27 itineraries.

Don’t rush to Florence to visit the IMHS. Much of the museum is currently closed for “major restoration of the halls that normally host its permanent collection.” While they hope to reopen in spring 2010, we all know how these projects often run over budget and deadlines. Once completed, however, the IMHS will rebrand itself Museo Galileo, providing a suitably august temple to Tuscany’s own Saint Galileo:

Coming soon: A temple to Galileo

Tags: galileo galilei, hagiography, institute and museum of the history of science, on-line exhibitions, renaissance science