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Galileo's Battle for the Heavens

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

His Life
Explore an illustrated chronology of Galileo's life and work from his birth in 1564 to his death in 1642. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

His Place in Science
Read an essay by author Dava Sobel's that details why Galileo earned the title of father of modern science. (Grades 9-12)

His Telescope (and Sir Isaac's)
Learn what led up to the invention of the telescope and see animations that illustrate what happens when light passes through Galileo's refractor and Isaac Newton's reflector telescopes. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

His Big Mistake
Galileo's theory of how tides work, while extremely well thought out and eminently reasonable considering the state of scientific knowledge at the time, was wrong. Discover his reasoning in this feature. (Grades 9-12)

His Experiments
Get a sampling of Galileo's thought experiments and conduct virtual versions of his experiments in four online activities that include falling objects, projectiles, inclined planes, and pendulums. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Library Resource Kit
Find tips for programming ideas, a bibliography, a reproducible handout, and a science lesson in this package designed to help librarians use "Galileo's Battle for the Heavens." (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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Program transcript
Complete narration for the TV program.

Teacher's Guide
Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
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