Galileo's Battle For the Heavens

Galileo's Battle For the Heavens

Liev Schreiber
Director: Peter Jones Cast: Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
, Simon Callow
Simon Callow
, Laura Nardia
Laura Nardia
Peter Jones

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Galileo Galilei was one of the first truly revolutionary men of science; between 1585 and 1638, this pioneer was one of the first to employ mathematics to determine laws of motion, develop a telescope to help chart the heavens, observe the movements of stars and planets, and declare that the Earth moved around the sun, rather than the sun around the Earth. While many branded Galileo as a dangerous heretic in his day, today he's regarded as the father of modern physics and astronomy. Galileo's Battle for the Heavens stars Simon Callow as the great scientist; he reconstructs and re-creates many of the crucial moments in Galileo's career, and explains the methods behind his pioneering work. The film also examines letters Galileo wrote to his illegitimate daughter in which he discusses his personal feelings about his work and the measures taken to silence him.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
UPC: 0783421408692
Original Release: 2002
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Presentation: [Letterbox]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 44,976

Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials; for educators; Access to the NOVA web site; Scene selection; Closed captions; Described video for the visually impaired

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- NOVA: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
1. Introduction [3:42]
2. Galileo's New Invention [10:33]
3. The Moons of Jupiter [15:16]
4. "The Hammer of Heretics" [16:03]
5. A Poetical Conceit [11:37]
6. A New Pope [14:47]
7. A Rhetorical Masterpiece [15:19]
8. A Florentine Vendetta [16:00]
9. The Benefits of House Arrest [9:48]

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