Galileo Galilei

1564 - 1642

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Galileo Galilei was an Italian scientist who formulated the basic law of falling bodies, which he verified by careful measurements. He constructed a telescope with which he studied lunar craters, and discovered four moons revolving around Jupiter and espoused the Copernican cause.
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List of References (174 books/articles)

Some Quotations (19)

A Poster of Galileo Galilei

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Preface to Letters from Galileo
  2. Galileo's Confession
  3. Galileo's Dialogue

Honours awarded to Galileo Galilei
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Lunar featuresCrater Galilaei and Rima Galilaei
Paris street namesRue Galilée (= Galileo) (16th Arrondissement)
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. Science Museum Florence
  4. The Galileo Project
  1. Karen H Parshall (Examples of Galileo's reasoning)
  2. The Catholic Encyclopedia
  3. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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