Galileo: The Father of Science

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Galileo was a teacher, astronomer, philosopher, and physicist and was known to be a major part of the scientific revolution. With all of his elaborate drawings and notes he has been referred to as the father of modern astronomy, father of modern physics, and as father of science. Galileo's experimentation was an active process involved the investigating of causal relationships among variables. His studies in scientific experimentation would quickly become and forever remain a cornerstone of unlocking the secrets of nature and the universe.

Galileo was born in Pisa, Italy, on February 15th 1564, His schooling included going to the University of Pisa, where he enrolled to be a doctor and get a medical degree but never finished. Even though he dropped out in 1589 he was offered a job at the same university and taught mathematics. After his teaching term at the university ended, he was blessed with another prominent job. His teaching career expanded not only did he teach mechanics, but geometry, and astronomy as well when he was offered a job at the University of Padua. During this time he became intrigued with scientific experiments and explored many areas of science. At this time he made many landmark discoveries and uncovered many things related to astronomy and physics. One of his achievements at this time was in 1595 Galileo had taken a compass design invented by Niccolo Tartaglia and Guidobaldo del Monte. By 1598 he had then improved it changing it making it more accurate it was a geometric and military compass which by today’s standards would be suitable for use by gunners and surveyors. Another invention during this time period actually invented by...

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... was used later by Christian Huygens in 1650 to make the first fully operational pendulum clock.

Galileo died on January 8th 1642.

Without a doubt many of the scientific progress in the past 400 years would not have been achieved without Galileo’s work. Everyone today has benefited by his work in one way or another from his teachings or findings.

Works Cited

1. Marko Marelic, History of Galileo from 1564 - 1642

2. Galileo Galilei (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

3. Galileo and the Art of Renaissance Science - Smarthistory

4. Galileo Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story -
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