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A day in the life. Photo courtesy Fiami

How do you explain how our understanding of the world changed from that of a flat, motionless object at the center of all creation to a spinning globe located on the outer spiral arm of the Milky Way — itself one of billions of galaxies in an expanding universe?

By putting it in comic book form, of course.

Switzerland’s Fiami is a graphic artist with a love of the history of science, who tackles these and other questions in his Lives of Galileo, the official comic strip marking the International Year of Astronomy, and the subject of a lecture that Fiami gave in CERN’s Globe last week, marking the start of the Fête de la Science, a week-long event held in conjunction with neighboring France to bring science closer to the public.

The Lives of Galileo is being shown in a special exhibition at the Musée d’Histoire des Sciences in Geneva, and was also part of a educational series broadcast on Télévision Suisse Romande.

Dan Drollette, iSGTW

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