The Life And Life Of Galileo Galilei

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Galileo Galilei is known by his first name. He was born on February 15, 1564. He was born in Pisa, Italy to Vincenzio and Giulia Galilei. His father was a music teacher. He was ten years old when he and his family moved to Florence, Italy in 1574. He was seventeen when he began studying medicine at the University of Pisa in 1581. He was not very interested in the subject though, and eventually convinced his father to let him leave. He then spent some time as a math tutor. He began experimenting with pendulums, balls, and toy boats. He became a math professor at the University of Pisa in 1589. He also taught astronomy and studied motion. “Stories say that Galileo dropped heavy and light weights off the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This showed that things of different weights fall at the same speed. Galileo tested this by dropping different things from the same height.” (Lin, p. 10) In 1592, he moved to the University of Padua as a math professor. He stayed there for 18 years continuing his study of movement. He also studied heat’s effect on liquids and developed a simple thermometer. (Par...