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The 15th and 16th centuries constituted a period of radical, social, political and intellectual developments. The explorations of the world; the Reformation, with its emphasis on individual faith; the rise of commercial urban society; and the dramatic appearance of new ideas in all areas of culture stimulated the development of a new philosophical worldview. The work of Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo was of even greater importance in the development of a new world view.1

Many great thinkers as well as philosophers and mathematicians influenced the sixteenth century. One of the most infamous for the century is Galileo Galilei. Galileo brought attention to the importance of applying mathematics to the formulation of scientific laws. He accomplished this by creating the science of mechanics, which applied the principals of geometry to the motions of bodies. Galileo Galilei was born on February 15th, 1564 and was instantly an asset to society of the sixteenth century and modern times. 2 As a child he showed a love for learning and while living in the monastery excelled beyond any expectations. He then left the monastery and began with music. While he was not only a great musician but he also was a great mathematician as well as an expert in both Greek and Roman literature. Galileo is most famous for his leading roles in Philosophy and Science. “By nature this great scientist and scholar was bellicose, passionate, spiteful, ruthlessly determined and unscrupulous in his choice of methods.” 3

After Galileo went to study medicine at the University of Pisa at the age of seventeen he then went on to teach mathematics. While at the University of Pisa Galileo discovered the concept of time while watc...

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Works Cited:

1. Brodrick, Reston S.J. Galileo The Man his Work, his Misfortunes

2. Encarta 98. Encyclopedia. “Galileo” 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation.

3. Encarta 98. Encyclopedia. “Copernican Systems” 1993-1997. Microsoft Corporation.

4. Fahie, J.J. Galileo His Life and Work London, 1903

5. Reston, James Jr. Galileo. Harper Collins Publishing, New York, New York. 1994.


1. Encarta Galileo, pg. 3

2. Reston, pg. 123

3. Encarta Coperniacn Systems, pg. 2

4. Encatra Galileo pg.1

5. Brodrick, pg. 59

6. Fahie pg. 213

7. Encarta Galileo. pg. 2

8. Reston, pg. 310

9. Brodrick, pg. 89

10. Fahie, pg. 57

11. Encarta Copernican Systems pg. 1

12. Encarta Galileo, pg. 2
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