4 Interesting Facts About Galileo Galilei

Italian astronomer, physicist, and engineer Galileo Galilei is often referred to as the “father of modern science”. He made significant contributions to astronomy, physics, and mathematics while developing or improving various scientific methods. If you want to know more about Galilei check out these interesting facts below.

Galilei Dropped Out of School

Galilei is one of the most famous school dropouts in history. He initially wanted to be a monk, but under his father’s influence, he enrolled in medical studies at the University of Pisa. While there, he realized he wasn’t interested in medicine and decided to leave the university without getting a degree so he could focus on his true passion: mathematics.

Galilei Invented an Early Version of the Thermometer

Galilei is credited for inventing an early version of the thermometer in 1593. Known as a thermoscope, the device measured temperature based on the levels of water in a thin glass tube. Thermoscope served as a starting point for the invention of the thermometer in the early 18th century.

Galilei Was the First Scientist to Use a Telescope for Space Observation

A lot of people think that Galilei invented the telescope. This actually isn’t true, but he did improve it and became the first scientist to use it to observe space.

Galilei Spent His Finals Years in House Arrest

Roman Inquisition sentenced Galilei to life in prison in 1632 for his support of Copernicus’ heliocentric theory in his work “Dialogue of the Two Principal Systems of the World.” His sentence was later changed to house arrest and he spent his final days in a villa in the town of Arcetri while being forbidden to see his friends or publish new works. 

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