This week we will make a musical tribute to one of the great figures of the scientific revolutions: Galileo Galilei.

He was a remarkable scientist and managed to produce great breakthroughs in the fields of physics, astronomy and mathematics.

Here is today’s playlist and audio:

  1. Deutsch Nepal – The Silent Earth (The Silent Container)
  2. Serenity Of The Solar Existence – Sol Of Silence And Snow (Epilogue) (To The One, Who Looks At The Sky)
  3. VA – Italian Lute Music of the Renaissance (c.1535 – after 1600)
  4. Adam Hurst – Motionless (Wanderer)
  5. Desiderii Marginis – Constant Like The Northern Star (Seven Sorrows)
  6. Eluvium – The Motion Makes Me Last (Similes)
  7. Dustin O’Halloran – We Move Lightly (Lumiere)
  8. Artefactum – Drifting Through Corridor of the Stars (Lost Signals From Unknown Horizons)
  9. Fjernlys – Star’s Orbit (Beyond the Unduland Quiescence)
  10. Lisa Gerrard – wandering star (The Silver Tree)
  11. Abandoned Toys – Spiraling Into The Sun (The Witch’s Garden)
  12. Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque – III. Clair de Lune
  13. Maria João Pires – Moonlight Sonata / Adagio sostenuto (Beethoven Sonates)
  14. James Horner – The Discovery (The Name of the Rose)
  15. Gustav Holst – Venus – The Bringer of Peace (The Planets)
  16. Gustav Holst – Jupiter – The Bringer of Jolity (The Planets)
  17. James Horner – Kyrie (The Name of the Rose)
  18. Brian Tyler – Confession (Constantine)
  19. Claudio Monteverdi – Hor che ‘l ciel e la terra e ‘l vento tace (Madrigals)
  20. Dark Water Memories – The Stars My Destination (The Rejuvenation Ballet: Music For Those Across The River)

Between Birds of Prey #89 – A tribute to Galileo Galilei – Per Aspera Ad Astra.mp3

Between Birds of Prey #89 – A tribute to Galileo Galilei – Per Aspera Ad Astra.cue

During the program, the following by quotes by Galileo Galilei were read:

What has philosophy got to do with measuring anything? It’s the mathematicians you have to trust, and they measure the skies like we measure a field.
“Matteo” in Concerning the New Star (1606)

Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes — I mean the universe — but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols, in which it is written.
The Assayer (1623), as translated by Thomas Salusbury (1661), p. 178, as quoted in The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science (2003) by Edwin Arthur Burtt, p. 75

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632)

I have been pronounced by the Holy Office to be vehemently suspected of heresy, that is to say, of having held and believed that the Sun is the center of the world and immovable, and that the earth is not the center and moves. Therefore, desiring to remove from the minds of your Eminences, and of all faithful Christians, this vehement suspicion, justly conceived against me, with sincere heart and unfeigned faith I abjure, curse, and detest the aforesaid errors and heresies, and generally every other error, heresy, and sect whatsoever contrary to the said Holy Church.
Recantation (22 June 1633)

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.
Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina

Note: On the right we have the painting representing Galileo showing is telescope by H. J. Detouche.

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