Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei (1564–1642), philosopher, mathematician, physicist and astronomer, was a pioneer of modern science. He became famous for writing his "Dialogo" (external link) on the heliocentric and geocentric world view, which offended against official theological teaching. It was for this reason that Galileo was tried and condemned by the Roman Catholic Church.

This virtual exhibition throws light on Galileo's scientific achievements using original editions of his and his contemporaries’ works. Taking centre stage are the "Dialogo" and the controversy surrounding the astronomical world view.

ETH-Bibliothek's exhibition from 18 January to 31 May 1999 at ETH Zurich

Revised, updated version of the virtual exhibitionReal exhibition

Dr. Yvonne Voegeli
ETH Zurich University Archives

Deborah Kyburz
Web and Digital Media

Kathrin Reith
Web and Digital Media

Original virtual exhibition
Dr. Rudolf Mumenthaler
previously ETH-Bibliothek

Dr. Yvonne Voegeli
ETH Zurich University Archives

Roland Jung
previously ETH-Bibliothek

Dr. Yvonne Voegeli
ETH Zurich University Archives

Ottavio Besomi, Mario Helbing
Professorship for Italian language and literature,
ETH Zurich

Marcel Boucard, Silvia Wessely
B&W Zurich