History Lessons | The faces of power

PAOLO GALLUZZI. Galileo, the power of science

March 1610. Galileo publishes the Sidereus Nuncius, the work that affirms the validity of the heliocentric theory outlined by Copernicus. The dramatic change of scenery marks the beginning of a new age – animated by personalities of extraordinary intellectual caliber, such as Kepler, Descartes, Newton – an age in which not only the principles of cosmology are called into question, but also those of physics and philosophy, religion and anthropology. An epochal revolution!

Paolo Galluzzi is Florance Galileo Museum Director.


Power is ambivalent. It has associated or divided men, married with justice or manifested himself in the most brutal way. In the most diverse forms it has crossed history, incarnating itself in a small number of people who have become symbols destined to be projected over the centuries. In the past as today, power is not personified only in the actions of cunning simulators, draggers of crowds, ferocious dictators: there are many faces and tools to exercise it. Four great historians tell us what has happened over the centuries.

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