March 15

posted Mar 15, 2012, 6:01 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Mar 15, 2012, 6:13 AM ]
Today, we'll continue working with Galileo. On Tuesday, you read a primary source about him, and we ended with some questions...
  • What happened between 1616 (the first two sources) and 1633 (the last two)? 
  • Why did it take so long for the Church to do something about Galileo?
  • Why did he end up with house arrest in his comfortable villa when others charged with heresy were punished much more severely?
  • Why was he able to write a second book, and why didn't that book mention Copernicanism?
The Chronology of Galileo's Trial and this letter, written a year after his trial, may help you understand the answers to these questions. 

You don't have to write out the answers to any of these questions; they're presented here to remind us of Tuesday's conversation, and the new links/resources will help you if you wish to learn more.

What you DO need to do today is:

Read the print handout from The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History by Michael H. Hart to find answers to some of these questions. 

As you read, find definitions for the following words, using the context of the reading to figure out the meanings. Don't use a dictionary, online or print; just use the text to figure out the closest definition. If you already know a definition for the term, confirm that the meaning works in this context.You may want to open a new Google Doc to collect the definitions. 
ferment (101)
adherents (101)
nebulous (101)
chafed (102)
imprimatur (102)
apocryphal (103)
dogmatism (104)

When you're all done, re-read the final paragraph, then post a short response in your blog to either one of the following questions:
According to the reading, although Galileo challenged the teachings of the church, he still was a deeply religious man, willing to remain a part of the church that punished him for his life work. 
In your opinion, is that an accurate description of his beliefs and actions? 
Do you think that you could remain loyal to an organization which you disagreed with, and which punished you for your beliefs?
Whichever question you choose to answer, support your response with reasons/evidence.

Hart, Michael H. The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History. Seacaucus, NJ: Citadel Press, 1987. Print.