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Why Galileo Is So Important Today

Dr. Carlo Cipollone, the Educational Director of the Italian Consulate, presented the following article, Galileo’s Educational Legacy, at a recent symposium at Harvard University. The event was in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope. Many thanks to the author for his permission to republish it and North End resident, Nancy Caruso, for the submission.

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In occasion of the Week of Celebration of the Italian Language in the World, the Consulate General of Italy in Boston in collaboration with Harvard University and the Italian Space Agency present a symposium.
Galileo’s Telescope and the Beginning of the Scientific Revolution and Space Exploration
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Galileo’s Educational Legacy
by Dr. Carlo Cipollone
Educational Director of the Italian Consulate

As an educator, I can confirm that Galileo continues to generate great curiosity today, even among the youngest members of our society. A few days ago I received an email from a nine year-old student. With her mother’s help, young Ashley asked to address some simple questions to scientists and experts on Galileo. She also requested to meet with me for a chat about this icon of scientific discovery. While reviewing Ashley’s questions I realized that children, in their ingenuity, manage to raise complex topics and queries – challenging most adults to give a suitable answer.

The question that struck me the most was probably the most difficult to answer: “Why is Galileo so important today”?

I hope that I can give an answer to Ashley’s question. I will aim to give the best response I can, trying to offer a perspective based on the man behind the telescope, the man who influenced countless disciplines.

Galileo’s ideas not only sparked a scientific revolution, they initiated a large-scale revolution in human thinking. He changed the way we see the world and more importantly, how we perceive ourselves within it.

Everything began four hundred years ago…

Event Notices

ACLU Supports North End’s Hollander in Precedent Setting Case

The American Civil Liberties Union issued the following press release today in support of Fredda Hollander and her appeal that will be heard by the Supreme Justice Court on Monday, November 2, 2009. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. SJC to Weigh Case on Rights of Journalists and Community Activists ACLU supports reporter’s appeal, argues community journalists should be protected Read More…

Business Event Notices

Evening Stroll with the Elephants

TAKE AN EVENING STROLL WITH THE ELEPHANTS
Tuesday, October 13th, around 7:00 pm
See the Pachyderm Pilgrimage and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Performers – AT NIGHT –as they Cross from Cambridge to the TD Garden

6 elephants on foot, 10 horses, and 2 ponies join Ringling Bros.
and Barnum & Bailey trainers and handlers as they walk through the
streets of Cambridge and Boston to the TD Garden.

Closest location to the North End/Waterfront:
The elephants will go down Martha Road and take a left on Nashua Street to the Garden ramp.

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is at the TD Garden October 14-18.

There has been a “feeding day with the elephants” on Hanover Street in the past. Anyone know if that is happening again this year? Email info@northendwaterfront.com.

Health & Environment Schools

Flu Concerns Close North End’s Eliot School

Concerns regarding the spread of the flu has caused officials to close the North End’s Eliot School during the first week of June, in addition to other Boston schools. Excerpts from the press release: Superintendent Carol R. Johnson announced today that three additional Boston Public Schools will be closed for seven calendar days because of Read More…