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Galileo: Awesome Dude

8 Apr 2009, 23:32 UTC
Galileo: Awesome Dude
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Galileo Galilei is known for many things: dropping items from atop the leaning tower of Pisa, for example, to demonstrate that all objects fall at the same rate, regardless of their mass. That's actually an apocryphal story: he often used...Galileo Galilei is known for many things: dropping items from atop the leaning tower of Pisa, for example, to demonstrate that all objects fall at the same rate, regardless of their mass. That's actually an apocryphal story: he often used the notion as an illustrative example, but there's no record he ever did the actual experiment. (He did roll balls down a gentle incline to measure their acceleration, using his pulse as a time-keeper.)He's also famous for espousing the Copernican model of the solar system -- the one where the Earth and other planets revolve around the sun, rather than the Ptolemaic model wherein everything revolved around the Earth -- and being convicted of heresy by the Inquisition in 1633 for his trouble. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest, and his condemnation wasn't revoked officially until October 31, 1992, by Pope John Paul II. This has made Galileo the patron saint of misunderstood science crackpots everywhere, who ...

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