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NOVA; Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens

08/07/2002

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Series
NOVA
Program
Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens
Program Number

2912K

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

Galileo Galilei's momentous scientific discoveries and headstrong temperament led him to years of bitter confrontation with the Catholic Church. Yet his own daughter and closest confidante, Sister Maria Celeste, was herself a deeply devoted Catholic nun. Galileo caused a sensation by publishing his pioneering telescope observations of the moon and planets in 1610. His arguments lent powerful support to Copernicus's theory that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our solar system. And this, in turn, flew in the face of the powerful and omnipresent Italian Catholic Church, as well as hundreds of years of tradition. Despite this, Galileo remained a devout Catholic. The story of Galileo's life is told partly through surviving letters Galileo received from Sister Maria Celeste, who became a nun after her father surrendered her to the Church as an infant. Galileo includes dramatic reenactments. In addition to the letters, the film features interviews with prominent scientists and dramatic reenactments of Galileo's turbulent life. Galileo is vividly portrayed by popular British actor Simon Callow, who appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love.

Duration

01:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens,” 08/07/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_962E7B15993343D782F6350B8FC0183D.
MLA: “NOVA; Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens.” 08/07/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_962E7B15993343D782F6350B8FC0183D>.
APA: NOVA; Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_962E7B15993343D782F6350B8FC0183D
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