Galileo Galilei

(5 February 1564 – 8 January 1642)

Galileo Galilei
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Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of science", and "the Father of Modern 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 ... more »

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  • ''And yet ... it moves.''
    Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Italian astronomer, mathematician, physicist. Remark to his companion, 1633. Statement attributed to Galileo as he ro...
  • ''I would say here something that was heard from an ecclesiastic of the most eminent degree; "That the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how the heaven goes."''
    Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Italian scientist. Letter to the Grand Duchess Christine (1615), p. 63, The Philosophy of the 16th and 17th Centuries, ed...
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