10 Interesting Facts about Galileo Galilei

Have you ever heard of 10 interesting Facts about Galileo Galilei?Galileo Galilei (Italian: [ɡaliˈlɛːo ɡaliˈlɛi]; 15 February 1564[3] – 8 January 1642) was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath.Galileo has been called the “father of observational astronomy”, the “father of modern physics”, the “father of the scientific method”, and the “father of modern science”.




Facts about Galileo Galilei 1:The Thermoscope

A thermoscope is a device that shows changes in temperature. A typical design is a tube in which a liquid rises and falls as the temperature changes.

Facts about Galileo Galilei 2: Two New Sciences

      Two New Sciences


It was published in 1638 and was Galileo’s final book and a scientific testament covering much of his work in physics over the preceding thirty years.

Facts about Galileo Galilei 3:Early Life

Galileo was born in Pisa (then part of the Duchy of Florence), Italy, on 15 February 1564.Galileo became an accomplished lutenist himself and would have learned early from his father a scepticism for established authority,the value of well-measured or quantified experimentation, an appreciation for a periodic or musical measure of time or rhythm, as well as the results expected from a combination of mathematics and experiment.

Facts about Galileo Galilei 4:Siblings

Three of Galileo’s five siblings survived infancy. The youngest, Michelangelo (or Michelagnolo), also became a noted lutenist and composer although he contributed to financial burdens during Galileo’s young adulthood

Facts about Galileo Galilei 5:Career

In 1589, he was appointed to the chair of mathematics in Pisa.n 1592, he moved to the University of Padua where he taught geometry, mechanics, and astronomy until 1610.During this period, Galileo made significant discoveries in both pure fundamental science

Facts about Galileo Galilei 6: Theories of Tides

                Theory of Tides


For Galileo, the tides were caused by the sloshing back and forth of water in the seas as a point on the Earth’s surface sped up and slowed down because of the Earth’s rotation on its axis and revolution around the Sun.If this theory were correct, there would be only one high tide per day.Galileo and his contemporaries were aware of this inadequacy because there are two daily high tides at Venice instead of one, about 12 hours apart. Galileo dismissed the idea, held by his contemporary Johannes Kepler, that the moon caused the tides.

Facts about Galileo Galilei 7: The Assayer

The Assayer was a book published in Rome by Galileo Galilei in October 1623 and is generally considered to be one of the pioneering works of the scientific method, first broaching the idea that the book of nature is to be read with mathematical tools

Facts about Galileo Galilei 8: Heliocentrism

Heliocentrism is the astronomical model in which the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun at the center of the Solar System.

Facts about Galileo Galilei 9:Death

It was while Galileo was under house arrest that he dedicated his time to one of his finest works, Two New Sciences.Galileo continued to receive visitors until 1642, when, after suffering fever and heart palpitations, he died on 8 January 1642, aged 77.

Facts about Galileo Galilei 10: Galilean Telescope

                Galilean Telescope


A refracting telescope is a type of optical telescope that uses a lens as its objective to form an image.

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