Galileo is the man who changed science forever, but how much do the likes of you and I actually know about the great man? Let’s take a look at 17 of the best facts you’ll ever find about Galileo so we can wow everyone we meet from now on. Are you ready to be amazed?
Galileo was actually his first name and Galilei was his family name.
The idea he dropped weights off the Leaning Tower of Pisa is now widely regarded as a myth.
He was a big believer in the power of horoscopes and earned money showing students how they could tell the future with them.
Galileo didn’t invent the telescope, Hans Lipperhey from the Netherlands did when he took a break from making glasses.
He discovered all 4 of Jupiter’s moons.
The King of France was so impressed he tried to hire Galileo to search for new planets he could then name after his royal patron.
Pope Urban VIII had one of Galileo’s essays read to him at a prestigious dinner and would later write a poem showering him with praise.
The church denounced his support for the heliocentric universe postulated by Copernicus in 1616.
This wasn’t because of the new position of the Sun, but because a moving Earth was seen to be in direct contradiction to the Bible.
He was a talented artist with a fairly unique stye akin to impressionism.
Relativity was first looked into by Galileo before Einstein made it his own in 1905.
He had two daughters and a son with longterm partner Marina Gamba.
They were never married and never lived together.
His father was a famous lutist in his day.
He was born in the same year as William Shakespeare.
On the day he died a young boy by the name of Isaac Newton was born in England.
During his 8-year house arrest he was visiting by Milton and Hobbes to name but a few.
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