[EAS]Art of Renaissance Science

pjk peter.kindlmann at yale.edu
Thu Nov 9 03:43:28 EST 2000

Subject:   Art of Renaissance Science

>From The Scout Report for Science & Engineering, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-2000.  http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/

November 8, 2000

The Art of Renaissance Science: Galileo and Perspective [.mpeg]

Modern astronomy, physics and engineering would not be the same
without the contributions of Galileo, Da Vinci, and other
Renaissance figures, and this site pays tribute to science in the
context of Renaissance art and society. Prof. Joseph W. Dauben, who
teaches history of science at the City University of New York,
oversees this page, "The Art of Renaissance Science: Galileo and
Perspective," based on his video of the same title. An illustrated
biography, summary of the scientific discoveries of Galileo, and
details of his surveillance by the Inquisition are presented. 
Another highlight of the site is an illustrated discussion of
mathematics, perspective, and illustration of the human form in
fifteenth century art. Architect Brunelleschi, artists Massachio
and Piero della Francesca, and Leonardo Da Vinci are among those
discussed. The "Galileo and the Mathematics of Motion" section
includes animations of his inclined plane and projectile motion
experiments (.mpeg), along with the associated mathematical
equations. Under "Applications of Perspective in Renaissance Art,"
a video clip allows readers to fade from an architectural drawing
to a modern photograph of a church interior in order to investigate
the accuracy of perspective (.mpeg). Some of the sections contain
links to related pages on the history of science from the Vatican's
website. Although this Website is not new, it is a valuable
resource allowing science students to appreciate the history of
their field and its relation to the arts.

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