The Galileo’s World Academy of the Lynx Workspace is open.

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Exciting news to share today!!! The Academy of the Lynx Educator Workspace Wiki is open.  Some quick background – the OU History of Science Collection is preparing for an amazing open exhibition – Galileo’s World, and we are so lucky to be partners on this exhibition.  It will open in the Fall of 2015, with over 300 rare books on display, including a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to view a complete set of first editions of Galileo’s printed works published during his own lifetime  – all in one location – the University of Oklahoma!  There will be  examples of Galileo’s own handwriting on display, as well as works by Euclid, Ptolemy, Chaucer, Kepler, Newton….just to name a few – I hope you can tell how excited we are.  So, if you can, start making your plans to visit to Norman Oklahoma next year.

Image of The Starry Messenger (Sidereus Nuncius) title page with Galileo's handwriting

BUT, if you can’t make to us, we want this exhibit to come to you as well, this is truly going to be an open exhibit without walls.  We are scanning many of these rare books so the content and images will be available online, and developing interactive educational materials that will be openly licensed.  The online exhibits will remain up indefinitely.

We are also reaching out to – well everyone to be a part of creating this experience.  The OU Lynx blog says it best…

The “Big Idea” of the Galileo’s World exhibition is “Connections”: Galileo connects the past and the future, from Greek mathematics to the space age. Galileo’s World connects the natural sciences to other cultural endeavors including music, the visual arts, literature, philosophy, religion and popular culture. Galleries devoted to Galileo and Islamic science, Galileo and China, and to Galileo and America, suggest the breadth of the exhibition. Galileo is a central figure in the rise of early modern science and remains an important figure in popular culture; visitors will gain a deeper appreciation of his significance then and now in the Galileo’s World exhibit.

We are starting to build open educational resources now, and are opening our wiki up to anyone who would like to contribute.  Please think about being part of this exhibition by contributing educational resources.  They don’t have to be specifically about Galileo, but can focus on an area that his work has touched – art, music, medicine, optics – we welcome all the connections that you can make.


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