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GALILEO: ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
SUBJECTS — World/Italy & Renaissance; Science-Technology;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Brothers; Education;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Respect.
Age: 8 - 13; MPAA Rating: G; Drama; 1997; 56 minutes; Color.
This charming story centers on the relationship between Galileo and his student, Cosimo de Medici II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Galileo's major discoveries in physics and astronomy are described in the film. The movie is one of the award winning Inventors' Specials.
Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants will acquaint children with Galileo Galilei, his discoveries, and his time. It is chock full of delightfully presented lessons in physics, astronomy, the scientific method, and history.
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Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants will acquaint children with many principles of physics and the time of Galileo.
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While others before Galileo had used experimentation to discover facts about nature, Galileo's addition of mathematical analysis and his insistence on the rigorous application of both experimentation and mathematical analysis created what we now call the scientific method. Galileo's strengths as a publicist for his new views and his convincing logic sealed the downfall of Aristotelian science. Galileo's improvement of the telescope and his resulting observations of the heavenly bodies, led to the rejection of Ptolemaic astronomy and to the adoption of the Copernican view that the Earth revolves around the sun and spins on its axis.
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