NIAS Public Lecture: "Galileo's Sources in the Arts" by Prof. Mark Peterson, Lecture Hall, 1600 hrs


The Heritage, Science and Society Programme

is pleased to invite you to a


Public Lecture

“Galileo's Sources in the Arts”


Prof. Mark Peterson

Mount Holyoke College, USA

Friday, 27th January, 2017 at Lecture Hall, NIAS, 4.00 PM.


Chairperson: Prof. B.V. Sreekantan, Visiting Professor, NIAS

Moderator: Mr. Varun Bhatta, Doctoral Student, NIAS


Abstract: Galileo is popularly known for his part in the dramatic Copernican controversy, the question of whether the Earth moves, and for his trial and condemnation by the Catholic Church in 1633.   A look at his whole biography, though, suggests that the Copernican controversy was merely an unfortunate interruption in a career that was actually about something else:  the mathematics of Nature, beginning with the mathematics of the arts.

About the Speaker

Prof. Mark Peterson has been Professor of mathematics and physics at Mount Holyoke College, USA for several years.  He is also a leading historian of science who has also had an abiding interest in the role of the arts in science.  Apart from reputed publications in physics he has written extensively on iconic personalities such as Dante and Galileo and in relation to the Renaissance.  He is author of Galileo’s Muse: Renaissance Mathematics and the Arts, (Harvard University Press). He has a PhD. in Physics in Stanford University.




All are cordially invited


Co-ordinated by: Prof Sharada Srinivasan, Head, Heritage, Science and Society Programme;  tel: 08022185125

Friday, January 27, 2017