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The Art of Renaissance Science: Galileo and Perspective
Joseph W. Dauben
A publication of Science Television Productions.
Science Television Productions
1992; 45 minutes; DVD
ISBN-10: 1-878310-18-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-878310-18-7
List Price: US$25
Order Code: DVD/80
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Professor Joseph W. Dauben discusses the life of Galileo, the origin of perspective drawing and the interaction of art and science in the Renaissance. His presentation includes dozens of examples from Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architectural drawing, including the works of Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Leonardo daVinci. Brunelleschi's famous discovery of linear perspective using mirrors and the Baptistry of the Cathedral in Florence is illustrated with overlays showing the horizon line and the vanishing points. Computer graphics are used to recreate the inclined plane and Tower of Pisa experiments of Galileo. Dauben explains how these experiments allowed Galileo to formulate his revolutionary theory of the behavior of falling bodies and projectile motion. Dauben concludes by showing examples of the influence of Galileo's scientific work on the art of his time.

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