Galileo’s World

Experience OU as never before.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
A complete set of Galileo 1st editions.
350 matchless rare books and manuscripts.
Historical instrument replicas. Learning activities.
Experiments. Videos. Drama. Music. Art.
Engage, Explore, Interpret.
Discover connections between Galileo’s world and your own.

In celebration of OU’s 125th anniversary, the Galileo’s World exhibition offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a complete set of first editions of Galileo’s printed works, four of which contain his own handwriting. Galileo’s World is an “Exhibition without walls,” a series of exhibits and events at 7 different locations across all 3 OU campuses. Exhibits feature 350 rare books from the OU Libraries special collections, along with early scientific instruments, interactive displays and online resources. The stories of Galileo’s World reveal the creativity and interconnectedness of human achievement. In this one-year exhibit, University students and faculty explore connections between science, art, literature, music, religion, philosophy, politics, and culture both in the world of Galileo and the world of OU today. The interconnectedness of science and culture, from Greek mathematics to the Space Age, remains the common heritage of humanity, profoundly shaping the University of Oklahoma as a modern public research university.

Use the following to help orient you to the breadth of the exhibition.

Bizzell Memorial Library, Main Floor

  • Galileo Today (Main floor, August 19, 2015-August 31, 2016)
    • What does Galileo mean today?

Bizzell Memorial Library, 5th Floor Special Collections

  • Music of the Spheres (August 19, 2015-August 31, 2016)
    • What would it be like to be a mathematician in an era when music and astronomy were sister sciences?
  • Galileo Engineer (August 19, 2015-August 31, 2016)
    • What is it like to be an engineer in an era of mathematical discovery?
  • Galileo and the Telescope (Fall 2015)
    • What was it like to be an astronomer in an era when art and mathematics were intertwined?
  • Galileo and China (August 19, 2015-August 31, 2016)
    • How did European and Chinese astronomers collaborate in the generation of Galileo?
  • Controversy over the Comets (August 19, 2015-August 31, 2016)
    • What does it mean to say that mathematics is the language of nature?
  • A New Physics (August 19, 2015-August 31, 2016)
    • How did Galileo create a mathematical physics?
  • The Galileo Affair (August 19, 2015-August 31, 2016)
    • What went wrong? Does the Galileo affair represent an inevitable conflict between science and religion?

Fred Jones, Jr., Museum of Art

  • Galileo and Perspective (January 21, 2016-April 3, 2016)
    • What was it like to be an astronomer in an era when art and mathematics were intertwined
  • The Sky at Night (January 21, 2016-April 3, 2016)
    • What is the artistic and scientific heritage of the sky at night?
  • The Moon and the Telescope (January 21, 2016-April 3, 2016)
    • What is the artistic and scientific heritage of the Moon?

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

  • Galileo, Natural History and the Americas (August 1, 2015-January 17, 2016)
    • How did the natural knowledge of Native Americans shape European science in the age of Galileo?
  • Galileo and Microscopy (February 6, 2016-August 31, 2016)
    • What is it like to reveal the mysteries of the very small?

National Weather Center

  • Copernicus and Meteorology (September 25, 2015-August 31, 2016)
    • How does meteorology facilitate interdisciplinary discovery?
  • Galileo and Kepler (January 2016-August 31, 2016)
    • Who was Kepler, and why was a telescope named after him?
  • Galileo and Experimentation (September 25, 2016-August 31, 2016)
    • How do new instruments extend sensory perception, facilitate new experiments, shape new conceptions, raise new questions and promote quantitative methods?
  • Space Science after Galileo (January 2016-August 31, 2016)
    • What was it like to explore the heavens following Kepler and Galileo?
  • Oklahomans and Aerospace (August 1, 2015-August 31, 2016)
    • How has the science of Galileo shaped the story of Oklahoma?

Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, Oklahoma City campus

  • Galileo and the Health Sciences (August 7, 2015-April 15, 2016)
    • How might friends of Galileo have practiced health care?

Headington Hall, Athletic Department

  • Galileo and Sports (October 15, 2015-April 15, 2016)
    • What would Coach Galileo say?

Schusterman Library, Tulsa campus

  • The Scientific Revolution (August 24, 2015-December 18, 2015)
    • What is nature? How is nature known?