Galileo’s World Interactive
Interactive touchscreen-based software experiences developed for the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History’s Galileo’s World Exhibit: “Strange Creatures, Through the Eyes of the Lynx: Galileo, Natural History and the Americas” and “On Secret Writing”.
Both pieces of software were conceptualized, designed and engineered to reflect the original narratives made available by the museum. The illustrations and aesthetics in these original texts also served as inspiration. Both pieces of software allowed visitors creative, discovered, and shared experiences.
The king of Spain commissioned a physician, Francisco Hernandez, to compile Native American plant and animal knowledge. Hernandez worked closely with Aztec artists and physicians in central Mexico.
Hernandez, with the assistance of the Academy of the Lynx, worked to publish a monumental natural history of the Americas based upon the manuscript Hernandez prepared for the king.
The world revealed to early modern explorers seemed filled with enigmatic creatures. The Accademia dei Lincei, or Academy of the Lynx, was founded in 1603 as a scientific society devoted to the investigation of the natural world.
How many of the reports of giants, dragons, and other unusual animals should be believed? Fascinated with novel discoveries and unexpected marvels, naturalists sought to relate both the old and new, the enigmatic and the emblematic, in an ongoing dialogue of natural wonder and natural order.
On Secret Writing