EARLY LIFE He was born on Feb.15 1564. In the early 1570’s his family moved to Florence, Italy. His father wanted him to be a doctor. His father sent him to the university of Pisa in 1582. For four years he studied medicine and philosophy of Aristotle.
EARLY SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS He discovered he had a talent for mathematics. In 1585 he left the university of Pisa. He spent the next four years as a math tutor. He began to question Aristotelian philosophy and scientificthought. He gained public notice with his new hydrostatic balance.
MATURE SCIENTIFIC CAREER In 1609 in Padua he built his first telescope. He saw evidence that many of Aristotle’s and Ptolemy’s claimsabout the heavens were false. His first discovery was that the moon was not smooth. In 1610, Cosimo II de’ Medici named Galileo his chiefmathematician and philosopher.
GALILEOS SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION He made many important scientific contributions to astronomy. Some historians disagreed about Galileo’s role as a founder ofmodern experimental science. He opened the way for the development of modern mathematics. Some people doubted experiments in Galileo’s scientificdevelopment.
DEATH Galileo died on January 8,1642, at the age of 77. He died because of fever and heart palpitations. He was buried in a small room next to the novices chapel. He was re-buried in the main body of the Basilica in 1737. During the move three fingers and one tooth were removed fromhis body.
QUOTES FROM GALILEO All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; thepoint is to discover them.” You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discoverit in himself.” “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who hasendowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgotheir use.”