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Galileo Galilei, Life of a Scientist

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Life Of A Scientist Essay
"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." Galileo Galilei unlocked some of nature's secrets through the use of seemingly simple inventions -- among them the telescope and the pendulum. (Galileo 2011) His inquisitive attitude made him a pioneer in physics, as well as the founding father of the scientific method.
This renowned scientist played a vital role in the Scientific Revolution. Galileo Galilei was born February 15, 1564 in Pisa. An Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher and, the first to use a refracting telescope to make imperative astronomical discoveries. (Ryan, 2005) The first to use a telescope to study the heavens systematically and objectively, and discovered the Moon's rocky mountains, Jupiter's four major satellites, and the phases of Venus. (Sheehan, 2009)   Galileo (The Father of Modern Science) had many accomplishments, discoveries, inventions, and also proved and disproved some theories by other scientists. Galileo Galilei was a hard working scientist with many wonderful ideas that turned into great inventions.
Galileo was born during the renaissance in Pisa, Italy on February 15, 1564 to Giulia Ammanati, and Vincenzo Galilei having at least two sisters and one brother. Although his father was a patrician (a member of the local nobility) they had enough money for school, but were not rich. When he was about 10 years old, his family moved to Florence. Galileo began his formal education at Florence's Vallombrosa monastery, where he studied with the Camaldolese monks who had dedicated their lives to holy service in the influential Roman Catholic Church. As Galileo would later understand, the church at this era did not care much for those who differed with, or even merely questioned, its traditions.   (Kugler, 2004) In 1581, he entered the University of Pisa as a medical student, but quickly became interested in...


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