#WEAREISSNAF WEBINARS 2020, special guest Claudio Pellegrini "Seeing the Invisible: Galileo, Music, Art and an Evolutionary Step"
The #weareISSNAF webinar series introduce some of ISSNAF outstanding members who will discuss an array of topics in the format of interviews. The webinars are meant for a non-technical audience and will be followed in USA, Canada and Italy.
Seeing the Invisible: Galileo, Music, Art and an Evolutionary Step
Speaker: Claudio Pellegrini
Associate Professor, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park CA
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California Los Angeles
Moderator: Emanuele Lugli
Professor, Stanford University
Hosted by: the Consulate General in San Francisco, the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco and the ISSNAF Bay Area Chapter
In a 1954 paper “Galileo as a critic of the arts”, Erwin Panofsky wrote that the Florentine’s culture in which Galileo lived, his participation in the visual arts, literature and music communities that at the time made Florence a leading European intellectual center, nurtured his pioneering scientific work, an important step toward modern science and the exploration of the universe. Working with his father Vincenzo, part of the movement that revolutionized music and created opera at the end of the XVI century, the young Galileo was introduced to experimental studies of how the sound from a vibrating string depends on length, tension and mass. Following Panofsky, we will look at the similarity between Galileo’s scientific approach and his analysis and appreciation of art and literature and discuss how his knowledge of visual arts had a large impact on his observations of the Moon and Venus and the beginning of modern astronomy.