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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