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Galileo Galilei between Religion and Science

University Library of Freie Universität Berlin Presents a New Exhibition about the Scientist Galileo Galilei

№ 4/2012 from Jan 09, 2012

An exhibition on Galileo Galilei was opened on Monday in the University Library at Freie Universität Berlin. It is open to the public, and interested parties can learn about the most important developments and major works of the path-breaking astronomer and physicist. There are also objects on display that explain Galileo’s scientific discoveries. These include astronomical instruments such as the armillary sphere as well as a model of the Galileo spacecraft. The exhibition runs until February 24, and admission is free.

Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) is considered the founder of modern astronomy and classical physics. His astronomical discoveries contributed to a change in the worldview of the time. Based on the findings of Copernicus from the previous century, Galileo was the first to prove the heliocentric theory scientifically. The idea of planets orbiting the sun led to conflict with the Catholic Church, which tried to defend the geocentric view of the Bible. In 1633 Galileo was condemned by the Roman Inquisition and through torture and threats of death forced into abjuration.

The exhibition was conceived by Dr. Martin Börnchen, who served for 30 years as a teacher at Galileo High School in Hamm. Reading recommendations from the holdings of the libraries of Freie Universität are on display in the Information Center of the University Library. In addition, an exhibition guide (74 pages) is available at a cost of 5  € during the exhibition and later 9  €.

Time and Place

  • January 9 − February 24, 2012; Monday − Friday, 9 a.m. − 8 p.m.
  • University Library, Garystraße 39, 14195 Berlin (subway station: Thielplatz, U3)

Further Information

Dr. Susanne Rothe, University Library, Freie Universität Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-53359, Email: