In celebration of OU’s 125th anniversary, Galileo’s World was a series of exhibits, events, and programs at the Bizzell Memorial Library, the Sam Noble Museum, the National Weather Center, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Headington Hall, the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, and the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library. In its original phase from August 2015 through 2016, and now in its reprise through summer of 2020, Galileo’s World illustrates connections between science, art, literature, music, religion, philosophy, politics, and culture.
This page is the landing page for the Galileo's World Exhibit Guide, designed for educators, classes, and individual study. It provides an overview of the Galileo's World exhibit in one compact and easy to scan format. Links from this landing page offer the same content as the Exhibit Guide originally prepared as an enhanced iBook and made freely available from the iBook Store. All of the 350 rare books on display were originals; none were facsimiles. All are held by OU; none were on loan from other institutions. For more on the History of Science Collections and other OU special collections, see the OU Libraries website.
Watch: Galileo's World theater video (2 mins). Script:
The story of Galileo reveals the creativity and interconnectedness of human achievement. His works reflect a lifetime of engagement in science, art, literature, music, religion, philosophy, politics and culture. Galileo's creative achievements live on today and shape our world in significant ways. The interconnectedness of science and culture which characterized Galileo's world and which connects Galileo's world to our own day remains the common heritage of humanity which we explore in a year-long exhibition celebrating the University of Oklahoma's 125th anniversary. The idea of the Galileo's World exhibition is connections. Galileo connects the past and the future, from Greek mathematics to the Space Age. Galileo's World connects the natural sciences to modern research and cultural endeavors. The exhibition features rare books, instrument replicas, digital resources and student projects in 20 uniquely-themed galleries in 7 locations across OU's three campuses. Open August 2015 with a full year of exhibits, events and programs with internationally renowned scholars, Galileo's World encourages visitors to explore the common themes of the sciences and humanities from the "Scientific Revolution" to modern innovation.
Galileo's World juxtaposes the entire circle of subject areas from the world of Galileo with the disciplines and academic programs of the world of OU today. How are they connected? What special ingredients from the culture of Galileo's world made creativity and innovation possible? How do connections between disciplines stimulate or constrain innovation? Where do sparks of creativity come from? How might understanding the connections between disciplines in the world of Galileo lead us to reconsider our own assumptions about the ways the disciplines are connected in our world?
Galleries at a Glance
Click any gallery below for a list of objects displayed (author/title/date), placed in exhibition sequence:
- Bizzell Memorial Library, 5th floor
- National Weather Center
- Sam Noble Museum of Natural History: "Through the Eyes of the Lynx"
- Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
- Galileo and Sports (Headington Hall)
- Galileo and the Health Sciences (Bird Library, Oklahoma City)
- The Scientific Revolution (Schusterman Library, Tulsa)
Curators: Kerry Magruder, Brent Purkaple, James Burnes, David Davis