Sunday, February 15, 2015

Galileo Galilei

Happy birthday Galileo (1564-1642). The man who lit a notable candle in dark Europe which was ruled by religious extremists, who took the bible texts "literally" with no depth. (As evident ,nowadays, in many Islamic societies...affecting journalism, no freedom of belief, spread of pseudoscience/superstitions, no value for research...etc)

He got persecuted (interrogations / banned from teaching / controlled his research / threats / and finally a life prison) for his support of Copernicus heliocentrism (Sun is the center and earth revolves around it). And, his
announcement of Sun spots .. proving that heavenly bodies were not perfect as believed.

He heard of the first invention of spyglass by a Dutch spectacles maker, Hans Leppershey. It inspired him to build a more powerful telescope and to be the first to observe the sky through it. 
Experimented and explored concepts of acceleration & velocity. Which Newton built upon to lead to Newton's First law of motion

Proved the Moon doesn't have a flat surface. But mountains and craters

Authored ~11 books/publications

Discovered Jupiter's largest 4 Moons..they are named Galileo Satellites in his honor (Jupiter has 67 known moons!). Pisa not just about the Pisa tower. Its the birthplace of Galileo Galilei. Father of modern science. #you_dig?

In De Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence. In front of me is Galileo Tomb (monument was made by Giovanni Battista Foggini), and behind me is Michelangelo's Tomb.

Above the sarcophagus is a statue of Galileo holding a telescope. Muses are on either side, with a Latin inscription below. 


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