1st Jul 2012
Badass Scientist of the Week: Galileo Galilei
Often called the father of modern science, Galileo (1564–1642) was a physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. He was born in Pisa, Italy, in the same year as Shakespeare and on the day of Michelangelo’s death. He went to university to become a doctor, but fell in love with mathematics and ended up becoming a professor of mathematics and philosophy. In 1609, he heard of the invention of the spyglass in Holland and basically decided that he could build a better one, and later that year he presented a telescope of 20x magnification to the Doge of Venice, who immediately saw its value for military and naval operations. However, Galileo soon turned his invention to the skies—and before the year was out, he’d found that the moon was craterous rather than smooth, and discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter. The publication of these findings brought him fame and a job as court mathematician in Florence, but it also brought him trouble. At the time, Aristotle’s ideas were taken for granted as the fundamental laws of physics, but Galileo argued against them, especially the view that the solar system is geocentric. With the telescope, he was able to confirm the heliocentric model—but his findings angered the Roman Catholic Church, who saw him as a threat. In 1616, they declared the heliocentric model heretical, and after an Inquisition, they eventually put Galileo under house arrest in 1633 (partly due to Galileo’s biting sarcasm and ego). He died in 1642, aged 77, but left incredible scientific advancement in his wake, having cracked open the skies and given us an eye into the universe.

Badass Scientist of the Week: Galileo Galilei

Often called the father of modern science, Galileo (1564–1642) was a physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. He was born in Pisa, Italy, in the same year as Shakespeare and on the day of Michelangelo’s death. He went to university to become a doctor, but fell in love with mathematics and ended up becoming a professor of mathematics and philosophy. In 1609, he heard of the invention of the spyglass in Holland and basically decided that he could build a better one, and later that year he presented a telescope of 20x magnification to the Doge of Venice, who immediately saw its value for military and naval operations. However, Galileo soon turned his invention to the skies—and before the year was out, he’d found that the moon was craterous rather than smooth, and discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter. The publication of these findings brought him fame and a job as court mathematician in Florence, but it also brought him trouble. At the time, Aristotle’s ideas were taken for granted as the fundamental laws of physics, but Galileo argued against them, especially the view that the solar system is geocentric. With the telescope, he was able to confirm the heliocentric model—but his findings angered the Roman Catholic Church, who saw him as a threat. In 1616, they declared the heliocentric model heretical, and after an Inquisition, they eventually put Galileo under house arrest in 1633 (partly due to Galileo’s biting sarcasm and ego). He died in 1642, aged 77, but left incredible scientific advancement in his wake, having cracked open the skies and given us an eye into the universe.

This post has 67 notes
  1. soulofaleprechaun reblogged this from sciencesoup
  2. blackintellectunrefined reblogged this from kemeticmoorfreemason
  3. kemeticmoorfreemason reblogged this from sciencesoup
  4. redheadedgnomegirl reblogged this from apeurohist
  5. youjustenduprunningintoyourself reblogged this from sciencesoup
  6. cancerinourmists reblogged this from sciencesoup
  7. apeurohist reblogged this from sciencesoup
  8. varietyisgood reblogged this from sciencesoup
  9. handianistudy reblogged this from sciencesoup
  10. the-krooked-young reblogged this from howlingjupit3r
  11. howlingjupit3r reblogged this from sciencesoup
  12. sleepy-bandit reblogged this from sciencesoup
  13. across-thestars reblogged this from sciencesoup
  14. vaireeuhs reblogged this from sciencesoup
  15. fobwatchedtimelady reblogged this from heartoftardis
  16. heartoftardis reblogged this from sciencesoup
  17. lamcue reblogged this from sciencesoup
  18. souriredecouleurs reblogged this from sciencesoup
  19. callmelogic reblogged this from sciencesoup
  20. morebidstomorbid reblogged this from sciencesoup
  21. lifegoesonwithinandwithoutyou reblogged this from sciencesoup