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  1. Introduction
  2. Galileo biography
  3. Area of contribution
  4. The application to twentieth century science or technology
  5. What did I learn?
  6. Conclusion

Galileo was born in Pisa, Italy on February 15, 1564. When he turned eleven he was sent to monastery and when he told his father that he was interested to become a monk he was immediately withdrawn and sent to study medicine in the University of Pisa. When he turned twenty he discovered something that no else before him and this was the law of pendulum when he was in a cathedral observing a lamp. His brilliance was made evident after this but ironically he left the University of Pisa without a degree.

He had a passion for mathematics and became a tutor however under the field of literature there was a hundred year problem that Galileo solved and he was granted a three year appointment in the University of Pisa. He was exposed to Aristotle studies and he became an adamant critic of Aristotle which left him isolated from his colleagues. This led him to support Copernicus's view of the universe one that is heliocentric. He acquired a telescope that led him to make monumental discoveries like how certain planets revolved the sun not the earth. Galileo not too long after acquiring the telescope found evidence supporting Copernicus's ?heretical teachings?.

During the time period Galileo lived in was one controlled by the church and Aristotle's teachings was reigned supreme. Anything that contradicted church's teachings which was intertwined with Aristotle teachings would be labeled heretical and the ?heretic? would be often executed. During this time people were like sheep completely controlled by the church and governments and anything that threatened this control would be labeled as a threat. This threat would be met with executions, imprisonment and threats. This would lead to Galileo to be under house arrest for the remainder of his life and forced to contradict his own teachings.

[...] He had the charisma and the courage to go against the church that had the final word on a variety of issues. The common argument against his view was that he was only a man and how can he go against the church that communicates the word of god which he famously replied bible shows the way to go to heaven not the way the heavens Another contribution he made to science was his perfection of the telescope and this would influence other astronomers in future years. [...]


[...] By doing this I was able to learn how the earth moves and how fast and because of this movement many laws of motion exist. Take gravity for example because of gravity things are attracted to other things. The small things are attracted to bigger ones and this can be observed when we drop a book or a pen. Because of gravity the earth revolves around the sun and because of that planets are able to move orderly avoiding collisions and destruction. Bibliography Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web Jan "Jim Loy's Home Page (www.jimloy.com)." Jim Loy's Home Page (www.jimloy.com). N.p., n.d. [...]

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