Aim of the Conference
The conference wishes to offer a contribution towards bridging the gap between the world of research and the general public and moving beyond any rigid separation between scientific and humanistic culture. The year 2009, the International Year of Astronomy, marks the fourth centenary of the first telescope observation, thus providing a welcome occasion to reconsider Galileo’s work within the framework of Renaissance culture. As well as being intrinsically relevant to the area of epistemology and the history of science, this field of enquiry may afford an opportunity to trace a common line of work for interdisciplinary projects to be carried out by researchers and teachers both in universities and high schools. The year 2009 also marks the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his work On the Origin of Species, whose pivotal role in the development of a scientific approach to life may offer further points for discussion. The one-day workshop will be organized in two separate sessions: the morning session will feature invited speakers who will discuss historical and scientific research on the Workshop theme, while the afternoon section will focus on teaching issues and didactic approaches.
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