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Galileo's Battle for the Heavens (#2912)

In a two-hour special, NOVA vividly reconstructs an epic historical confrontation: the bitter clash between a fiery scientific genius, Galileo Galilei, and the church authorities who tried to suppress his astonishing discoveries. British actor Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love) plays Galileo in dramatic reenactments of key moments from his life: his pioneer telescope observations of the moon and planets, his revolutionary experiments with falling objects and his fateful trial before the Inquisition for heresy. The program draws partly from Dava Sobel's recent best-seller, Galileo's Daughter, which reveals an unexpected side to this notoriously stubborn scientist - that his closest confidante was his illegitimate daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun. With scenes shot in their original historical locations in Italy and contributions from noted Galileo authorities, "Galileo" vividly re-imagines a momentous conflict that forever changed the way human beings view their place in the universe. [116 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
440 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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