Galileo and China
Science has traditionally played a key role in cultural exchange. Johann Schreck, one of Galileo’s friends a member of the Academy of the Lynx, went to China and taught astronomy. Adam Schall, a student of Schreck, became an advisor to the Emperor and was honored with official status as a Chinese dignitary. At the same time, Europeans were making new discoveries that were well known to the Chinese. Stories like these illustrate premodern cultural exchange between Europe and China, and the circulation of scientific ideas throughout Asia.
History of Science
5th Floor Special Collections
This exhibit is located on the 5th Floor Special Collections, accessed through the elevators in the west main lobby of Bizzell Memorial Library. Visit History of Science for visitor information.
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Supplemental resources for a rich educational experience
Johan Schreck: Galileo's Friend in China
Learn more about the role of Schreck and other Jesuits in spreading Galileo's science to China.
Galileo's World Exhibit Guide
iBook companion to the Galileo's World exhibition
Gallery Book Lists
A list of all books in every exhibit (author/title/date).
Galileo and China Book List
A list of all books in the Galileo and China exhibit (author/title/date).