Bringing Worlds Together

September 2015

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We'll keep you up to date with the progress of the exhibition in this monthly publication.

August marked the official opening of  Galileo's World with exhibits in five locations. The opening reception at the Sam Noble Museum and the game day open house at the Bizzell Memorial Library served as the public introduction to the exhibition and saw resounding success.

Since our last installment, the two exhibits on the main floor of the Bizzell Memorial Library are now complete. The digital exhibition at the Schusterman Library on the OU-Tulsa campus is live and will be the site of an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

The next few weeks will see a variety of events at our exhibit locations and the beginning of programming in support of the exhibition. Please read below for features and upcoming events.

Galileo's World at Bizzell Memorial Library

The Bizzell Memorial Library component of Galileo's World kicked-off with an open house at the first home football game on Sept. 5. Among the features, the OU Tower of Pisa created by the College of Engineering now boasts its crowning cupola and working experiment.  Also in the Galileo, Today exhibit, visitors can discover reading material related to the exhibition and digital features including an app that explores popular culture connections between the components of the exhibition, like the band Queen's reference to Galileo in "Bohemian Rhapsody". 
New features on the 5th floor gallery of the library include an orientation video,  as well as a replica of the inclined plane. See a few photos from the open house on  Flickr.   

The Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution is characteristic of the creative approach to  experimentation and discovery. The digital exhibit at the Schusterman Library at OU-Tulsa explores the idea of a renaissance of discovery as it applies to OU today. The Shusterman Library will host a public,  family-friendly reception  exploring all aspects of Galileo's contributions to science, technology, and mathematics from 4-6 p.m., Saturday Sept. 26. Visitors can explore the exhibit and participate in an array of activities  including the following:
  • Gaze at the sky and interact with a selection of telescopes provided by members of the Bartlesville Astronomical Society.
  • Engage in the prediction of weather with Steve Piltz, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service of Tulsa.
  • Listen to renowned storyteller Fran Stallings illuminate the origins of the universe and celestial bodies.
For more connections on the Norman campus, the College of Arts and Sciences History of Science Presidential Dream Course on The Scientific Revolution,  HSCI 3833, explores the history of the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, and applications to the study of science today. The first guest speaker for this course, Professor and the Chair of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, Eileen Reeves will give a public lecture, Five Shades of Gray: Galileo, Goltzius, and Astronomical Engraving, from 4:30- 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17 at Bizzell Memorial Library, LL118. Read more about the course and speakers at

Save the Date:

Thursday, Sept. 17
Public Opening Reception, 4-6 p.m.
Robert M. Bird Library, OU-HSC

Friday, Sept. 25
Galileo's World Forum, 1-5 p.m. 
Public Opening Reception, 5-7 p.m.
Sam Noble Museum

Saturday, September 26
Public Opening Reception, 4-6 p.m.
Shusterman Library, OU-Tulsa

News to Know

Have you spotted Galileo's World around town? Snap a selfie in your Galileo's World 
t-shirt, or share your sighting of Galileo's World to @GalileosWorld on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. First 10 shares will win a prize.*

Pick up this month's issue of these great magazines to read more about the exhibition: 
Norman Magazine
Splice Magazine
Splurge Magazine

*Prizes must be picked up at the Bizzell Memorial Library. Contest ends Thursday, Oct. 1.