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March 8, 2002

Mark Peterson Sheds New Light on Discovery by Galileo

How did the politics of the sixteenth-century Florentine court, conflicting theories about the shape and dimensions of poet Dante Alighieri's (1265–1321) famous vision of hell, and a mistake that threatened to bring down a rising academic star come together to bring about a seminal discovery in mathematical physics? Mark Peterson weaves the strands together in a recent paper based on a new interpretation of two obscure lectures by renowned philosopher and mathematician Galileo Galilei (1564–1642). more>

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The Campus Master Plan: What's Your Reaction? more>

Leithauser and Zarin to Read from New Works March 13 more>

Filmmaker Jill Godmilow to Present What Farocki Taught March 11 more>

Making Music with Samuel Adler more>

David Brancaccio to Speak at MHC March 14 more>

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