New science unit on Galileo to be delivered in Prato, Italy

Where better to learn about Galileo than in Italy – the home of the astronomer who is a central figure in science, astronomy, physics, philosophy and mathematics, to name but a few disciplines.

From mid-2018 the Faculty of Science is offering for the first time a new unit ‘From Galileo to GPS: how astronomy shapes our lives’, which will be delivered in Prato – a stunning city in Tuscany, Italy.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for both science and non-science students to immerse themselves in a new culture as they discover the heart and mind of one of the most influential thinkers of the Renaissance,” said unit coordinator Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway, from the Monash School of Physics and Astronomy. Study the new science unit  "From Galileo to GPS: how astronomy shapes our lives" in Prato, Italy

Study the new science unit  'From Galileo to GPS: how astronomy shapes our lives' in Prato, Italy

“Astronomical knowledge has contributed to every facet of our daily lives, from food gathering and the making of kings in ancient times to the invention of Wi-Fi and improvements in cancer imaging,” she said.

‘From Galileo to GPS: how astronomy shapes our lives’  uses key astronomical discoveries to demonstrate the complex interaction between pursuing scientific knowledge and how such discoveries influence our society.

The unit commences with the discoveries of Galileo in the early 17th century and how they were influenced by the historical and cultural setting nurtured by the Medici and Lorraine families, the founders and rulers of Tuscany.

Unit activities will be delivered through visits to museums and observatories, classroom discussion and research-based activities.

“I am passionate about students developing an awareness of how scientific discoveries are created in an internationalised world,” said Dr Lazendic-Galloway.

“Delivering this course in Prato adds an international dimension to the student experience.”

The three-week program open to Monash applicants only, runs from 26 June to 13 July and will earn students six credit points.

Enrolment applications close on 26 March 2018.

Further information, including how to apply, can be found here.