Saturday, 11 September 2010

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) - Italian Astronomer, Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher


Alchemipedia Link - Galileo Galilei (Italian Astronomer, Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher) 1564 - 1642


Galileo Galilei Demographics:
  • Full name - Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de' Galilei.
  • Surname - Galilei.
  • Born - 15 February 1564
  • Birthplace - Pisa (then part of the Duchy of Florence), Italy.
  • Died - 8 January 1642
  • Nationality - Italian.
  • Father - Vincenzo Galilei (famous lutenist & music theorist).
  • Mother - Giulia Ammannati.
  • Siblings - Eldest of 6 children.
  • Mistress - Marina Gamba.
  • Children - 3 children (son Vincenzo; daughters Virginia & Livia) by Marina Gamba.
  • Occupation - Astronomer, mathematician, physicist, & philosopher.
Galileo Galilei Facts:
  • Astronomer - one of the greatest of post-Greek times.
  • Thought of himself as a 'natural philosopher'.
  • Remembered as the father of modern science - being the first person to understand that theory drives science.
  • Experimented with telescopes.
  • By January 1610 he started looking at the sky.
  • Discovered Jupiter's satellites.
  • Described the phases of Venus.
  • Targeted by the church because of his anti-Ptolemaic views.
  • Placed under house arrest by the Pope.
  • Only at the end of the 20th Century was he religiously exonerated by the Vatican.
Quotes About Galileo Galilei:
"Galileo, perhaps more than any other single person, was responsible for the birth of modern science." [Stephen Hawking]

Image: Taken @ Planetarium Galileo Galilei - Buenos Aires - Argentina, 2006 © Guilherme Oliveira - Some rights reserved.
Image source: from flickr by *The Boy From Cerrado (cc)
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