Meeting Information

Galileo and the Science Deniers

December 21, 2022

Date: December 21, 2022
Title: Galileo and the Science Deniers
Speaker: Mario Livio, Astrophysicist
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada); Zoom session starts at 12:00 p.m.

Abstract: Dr. Livio says, “I will trace Galileo's fascinating life as I will examine his monumental achievements in astronomy, mechanics, and the development of the scientific method. I will also analyze his complex and tragic interaction with the Catholic Church, which had eventually led to Galileo being declared a suspected heretic by the Inquisition.”

“I will emphasize Galileo's relevance to a world in which anti-science attitudes have proliferated, and where there is a widening schism between the humanities and the sciences. Galileo's life serves as a potent reminder of the importance of freedom of thought.”

Biography: Dr. Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a best-selling author, and a popular speaker. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published more than 500 scientific papers on topics ranging from Dark Energy and cosmology to black holes and extrasolar planets.

Dr Livio is also the author of seven popular science books, including "The Golden Ratio" (an International Bestseller for which he received the "Peano Prize" and the "International Pythagoras Prize”), "Is God A Mathematician?” (which was the basis for the 2016 Emmy-nominated NOVA program “The Great Math Mystery”), and "Brilliant Blunders,” which was a national bestseller and was selected by the Washington Post as one of the " Best Books of the Year.” His latest book is “Galileo and the Science Deniers."

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