Italian astronomer and physicist
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About Galileo Galilei
Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer, physicist and mathematician whose immense contribution to the scientific revolution earned him the name the "father of science". Among his most notable accomplishments include discovering the four largest moons of planet Jupiter and observing the phases of planet Venus. He was also the first to discover that the surface of the Moon is not smooth.
He was the first of the six children born to famous musician Vincenzo Galilei and Giulia Ammannati. Throughout his life, he never got married. He did, however, have a romantic relationship with Marina Gamba, with whom he fathered three children: Virginia (later known as Maria Celeste), Livia and his only son Vincenzo.
Contrary to popular belief, he did not invent the telescope bur rather used his knowledge in mathematics to improve significantly upon it.
In 1633, he was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of heresy (opposing the teachings of the Church) for saying that that the Earth and the other planets revolve around the Sun.
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Famous quotes by Galileo Galilei
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered the point is to discover them.Galileo Galilei
Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.Galileo Galilei
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.Galileo Galilei
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.Galileo Galilei
If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.Galileo Galilei
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.Galileo Galilei
It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.Galileo Galilei
Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.Galileo Galilei
The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.Galileo Galilei
The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.Galileo Galilei
Galileo Galilei's Popularity
Galileo Galilei was a famous Italian astronomer and physicist, who was born on February 15, 1564. As a person born on this date, Galileo Galilei is listed in our database as the 1st most popular celebrity for the day (February 15).
People born on February 15 fall under the Zodiac sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Galileo Galilei is the 49th most popular Aquarius.
Aside from information specific to Galileo Galilei's birthday, Galileo Galilei is the 4th most famous Italian.
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