Florence, 29-31 January 2020

The circulation of Galileo’s name and ideas was not limited to the philosophical and scientific circles of the day, as was the case for other figures who played a role in the birth of modern science. His work had a much vaster impact and contributed to discussion and controversies in both the religious and political spheres. Immediately after his death in 1642, but above all from the middle of the 18th century to the end of the 19th century, Galileo’s condemnation by the Inquisition (on 22 June 1633) and his forced abjuration fostered the construction of the myth of the Tuscan scientist as a symbol of the freedom to conduct scientific research in the pursuit of truth without restriction by religious or political powers.
This vast field of study remains in large part unexplored. The aim of the international conference is to examine some of the most important themes linked to the Tuscan scientist and his complex legacy, a legacy that has profoundly marked the continent and makes Galileo one of the defining figures of the European identity even today.

The conference marks the conclusion of a three-year PRIN Project (Progetto di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale), coordinated by Massimo Bucciantini and conducted by five research groups based in five Italian universities (Siena, Bergamo, Cagliari, Catania, and Roma III) and funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.