Watcher of the Skies

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Galileo (1564-1642) is one of the most important & controversial figures in the history of science. Tackling Galileo as astronomer, engineer, & author, this book places him at the centre of Renaissance culture. It draws extensively on Galileo's voluminous letters, many of which were self-censored & sly.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2010], ©2010
ISBN: 9780300125368
Branch Call Number: 921 Galil
Description: xii, 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm


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Feb 08, 2017

Originally from Florence, Italy - Galileo Galilei (born 15 February 1564) was an brilliant polymath: astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician, who played a major role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century.

He has been called the "father of observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of scientific method", and the "father of science".

His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.

In the Christian world prior to Galileo's conflict with the Church, the majority of educated people subscribed to the Aristotelian geocentric view that the Earth was the centre of the universe and that all heavenly bodies revolved around it. Galileo, of course, rightfully challenged the validity of this belief and, as a result, was brought before the Roman Inquisition.

On January 8, 1642 - Galileo (77 at the time) died from heart failure.


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