The first trial of this experimental class involving electronic learning (History 333:Galileo in Context, taught by Professor Albert Van Helden) began by dividing the class into three different groups: experiments, astronomy and trial. The trial group was given the following task:
Our group gave two in-class presentations, one of which involved pre-recorded video. The first presentation was entitled "A Not So Current Affair" and satirically examined the 1616 Galileo "trial" as it might have been viewed today. The second presentation was more serious and examined the 1633 trial as it would have been by Galileo's contemporaries. Following the second presentation, we led a discussion in which we came to the conclusion that in the context of his times, Galileo was guilty of at least some of the accusations brought against him.
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