Measuring hell - Was modern physics born in the Inferno?

Paper/Screen convergence, 2011



Poetry of physics, physics of poetry

In 1588, when Galileo was a 24-year-old unknown, a medical school dropout, he was invited to deliver a couple of lectures on Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” written around 1315. The insights Galileo gleaned from analyzing Dante’s measurements in fact anticipated a vital principle of structural engineering. In applying mathematical models to Dante’s hell, Mount Holyoke College physics professor Mark Peterson argues, Galileo was laying the groundwork for what would become theoretical physics.

Article and film
Map of Hell (The Boston Globe - Globe Newspaper Company)
Author: Chris Wright
Film produced by Scott LaPierre
Animation by Javier Zarracina
Narration by Stephen Heuser website

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