This is a list of 15 very interesting facts about the scientist Galileo Galilei. I hope you enjoy the list!
15. Galileo was an Italian scientist who lead the Scientific Revolution, proposing the then controversial idea of Copernicanism, the idea that earth orbits the sun.
14. Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher.
13. He was one of the first scholars to turn his attention from the logic of Aristotle and the question of “why?” to the observation of natural science and the question of “how?”
12. Among his many achievements was the advancement of telescope technology and observations of heavenly bodies.
11. This renowned scientist was born on February 15, 1564 in Pisa, Duchy of Florence, Italy.
10. He found Jupiter’s four moons and observed their rotation. The moons are named the Io, Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa.
9. Galileo has been called the “father of modern observational astronomy”, the “father of modern physics”, the “father of science”, and “the Father of Modern Science”.
8. Along with making contributions to the development of a universal clock, Galileo also created a military compass and a thermometer.
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7. The pendulum clock was invented by Galileo after watching a swinging lamp in Pisa Cathedral in 1583.
6. Galileo defended his views in “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems.” For doing so, he was tried by the Roman Inquisition, found “suspect of heresy” and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.
5. Galileo was the first person to report finding craters on the Moon, using one of his telescopes.
4. Galileo’s experiments with balls rolling down slopes laid the basis for our understanding of how gravity affects acceleration (speeding up).
3. He went completely blind in 1638 and was suffering from a painful hernia and insomnia, so he was permitted to travel to Florence for medical advice.
2. After suffering fever and heart palpitations, he died on 8 January 1642, aged 77.
1. One of these fingers, the middle finger from Galileo’s right hand, is currently on exhibition at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy.
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