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Galileo, Kepler, Descartes: Launching the Scientific Revolution

November 1, 2016, 10:30 am - November 15, 2016, 12:00 pm

Dr. William B. Ashworth

About the course

“Launching the Scientific Revolution” is a three-part course co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and the UMKC Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair. The class is presented by Dr. William B. Ashworth, Jr., Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Consultant for the History of Science at the Linda Hall Library.

Dates and times 

The classes will be held Tuesdays on November 1, November 8, and November 15, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Linda Hall Library Auditorium. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

About the course

The period from 1600 to 1650 saw significant changes in our understanding of the world. In the previous century, the universe was earth-centered, the heavens were perfect, moving bodies naturally came to rest, and all scientific authority lay in the writings of ancient philosophers. After 1650, the earth became a planet, the universe was possibly infinite, moving bodies possessed inertia, and the doctrines of Aristotle and Plato had yielded to the discoveries and methods of persons like Galileo and Descartes. In three class sessions, we will look at what happened, and why. There will be plenty of images, as usual, and an opportunity to see the original editions of the works of Galileo, Kepler, and everyone else we discuss, in the History of Science Collection of the Linda Hall Library.

About the instructor

Dr. William B. Ashworth, Jr. is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Consultant for the History of Science at the Linda Hall Library. His research interests include scientific illustration of the 17th century and he is writing a book on emblematic science. Professor Ashworth has a B.A. in physics from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


The course fee is $35 per person for Linda Hall Library/Linda Hall Library Foundation donors and $40 for others. A limited number of seats remain available for this course. To register, please contact Eric Ward via email or by phone at 816.926.8753.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.


November 1, 2016, 10:30 am
November 15, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.

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