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Mark Thompson, a professional cantor and amateur astronomer, has appeared as Galileo on radio, at community theatres and libraries, public schools, colleges and universities throughout the country. He has performed as Galileo for civic organizations, astronomy association conventions, marketing and outreach programs as well as private events and parties since 1996.

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By Mark Thompson on October 18, 2009 in
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Date: October 18, 2009 Title: Geometry vs. Lunacy Podcaster: Mark Thompson Organization: Galileo 1610 – http://www.galileo1610.com/ Description: Galileo’s Earliest Telescopic Observations of the Moon Bio: Mark Thompson, a professional cantor and amateur astronomer, has appeared as Galileo on radio, at community theatres and libraries, public schools, colleges and universities throughout the country. He has performed […]

By Mark Thompson on August 23, 2009 in
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Date: August 23, 2009 Title: Galileo Presents a Telescope to the Venetian Senate Podcaster: Mark Thompson Organization: Galileo 1610 http://www.galileo1610.com/ Description: Galileo presents an eight-powered telescope to the Venetian Senate and is rewarded by a doubling of his salary and life tenure at the University of Padua, but he is disappointed by the fine print […]

By Mark Thompson on July 8, 2009 in
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Date: July 8, 2009 Title: Archimedes’ Death Ray and Dante’s Inferno: The Real Story of How Galileo Ignited the Age of the Telescope Podcaster: Mark Thompson Organization: Galileo 1610 http://www.galileo1610.com/ Description: To this day, a debate continues concerning Galileo’s role in fueling the so-called conflict between science and religion. But there is another debate, although […]

By Mark Thompson on June 22, 2009 in

Date: June 22, 2009 Title: Galileo and His Lute Podcaster: Mark Thompson Organization: Galileo 1610 http://www.galileo1610.com/ Description: Music played not only a unique, but an essential role in leading Galileo to his new physics. Because it is an art demanding precise measurement and exact divisions, music reflected the spirit of Galileo’s science. This podcast includes […]

By Mark Thompson on May 19, 2009 in
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Date: May 19, 2009 Title: When Did Galileo Really Learn About the Telescope? Podcaster: Mark Thompson Organization: Galileo 1610 http://www.galileo1610.com/ Description: Galileo hears about the invention of devices in the Netherlands for seeing faraway things as though nearby. Bio: Mark Thompson, a professional cantor and amateur astronomer, has appeared as Galileo on radio, at community […]

By Mark Thompson on February 22, 2009 in
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Date:  February 22, 2009 Podcaster:  Mark Thompson Description:  Although Galileo had achieved success in his career as a professor and inventor and had cultivated many important friendships among the most influential patricians of Venice, he longed to return to his beloved and beautiful Florence.  When Prince Cosimo became Grand Duke of Tuscany in February, 1609, […]

By Mark Thompson on January 28, 2009 in
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Date: January 28, 2009 Title: Galileo Musings on Ariosto, Trajectories, and Trebuchets Podcaster: Mark Thompson Organization: Galileo 1610 Description: When Galileo returned from Florence to attend the wedding of his prized student, Prince Cosimo, in the summer of 1608, he embarked upon one of the most productive periods of his scientific career.  In addition to […]