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.
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
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...
Ring in the New Year on Boston Harbor!
In the North End, Paul Revere House, New England Aquarium, the Improv Asylum and the Fairmont Hotel also have specials highlighted in the brochure. Faneuil Hall is also a designated site for First Night. The Examiner highlights several nightlife spots having special New Year's Eve events in and around Faneuil Hall.
See the website and download the First Night 2010 Program.
Here is the official First Night 2010 information:
First Night 2010 is our 34th celebration of the arts and community in Boston. Since 1976, this signature event has served our great city by attracting audiences from near and far to enjoy and take part in a spectacular festival that inspires creativity as it begins a new year filled with promise.
First Night is proud to present an amazing group of performers and visual artists who truly represent the richness of Boston’s cultural landscape. Our celebration features longtime audience favorites like the interactive FedEx Family Festival, colossal ice sculptures, the Mardi Gras style Metro Grand Procession, the Boston 4 Productions Family Fireworks and the Frank Ward and Cape Dairy Midnight Fireworks, along with new and exciting performances and exhibitions. To enjoy the festivities you just need to purchase a button which are $18 each at any of our button retailers.
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City to host fun, free events for residents during Inauguration 2010 Weekend
Free public skating at Frog Pond in addition to family open houses, book giveaways, & live performances at libraries
Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that the City of Boston will sponsor a series of free public events in honor of the City’s 2010 Inaugural events. In the weekend leading up to the Inauguration of Mayor Menino and City Councilors, residents will have the chance to take advantage of free public skating at both the Frog Pond and Fenway Park in addition to a number of events, including open houses, book giveaways, and live performances, at branches of the Boston Public Library. Mayor Menino and City Councilors will be sworn into office during a ceremony on Monday, January 4 at Faneuil Hall.