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Arthur F. Kinney Renaissance Center Community Classes: Science during the Renaissance with James van Luik, Professor Emeritus in Philosophy of Science from UMass

Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, running 6 weeks. Wednesdays September 12th–October 24th.

Science During the Renaissance:  Professor van Luik will explore science during the Renaissance and most particularly, the strengthening developments during the Renaissance. Scientific thinkers during the Renaissance such as Nicolaus Copernicus 1473–1543, Tycho Brahe 1546–1601, Giordano Bruno 1548–1600, Galileo Galilei 1564–1726, continued developing ideas, about the universe, originating from as early as, if not earlire than 550 BCE. Professor van Luik will explore science during the Renaissance and most particularly, the strengthening of the movement away from belief to observation. There were at least two developments during the Renaissance: 1. departure from defining segments of classical definition, and 2. fundamental perspectives conflicting with nearly universal acceptance of the status quo: by institutional churches, the hoi polloi, the rulers, the educational institutions, and enforcement agencies.

We'll begin with a special note about Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) on the 575th Anniversary of his death, then on to relativity and the problem of space. 

Please register for all Community Classes by emailing us at renaissance@english.umass.edu with the following information: The class you want to attend, your name, telephone number and email address. Please include if you are also registering another person along with you registration and provide the information requested above. Many thanks for your cooperation.

For more information, please visit the Arthur F. Kinney Renaissance Center's Events Calendar.