By: Travis Martin
Galileo was born in Pisa, Italy on February 15, 1564. His father, Vincenzo Galilei was a musician. Galileo's mother was Giulia degli Ammannati. Galileo was the first of six, though some people believe seven children. His family belonged to the nobility but was not rich. In the early 1570's, he and his family moved to Florence.
Isaac Newton, who was born the same year that Galileo died, would build on Galileo's ideas to demonstrate that the laws of motion in the heavens. Also the laws of motion on the earth were one and the same. Thus, Galileo began and Newton completed a synthesis of astronomy and physics in which the former was recognized as but a particular example of the latter. That would banish the notions of Aristotle almost completely from both.
Awards ? Accomplishments ?
1.First to observe the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with a telescope.
2.Supporter of the heliocentric (Sun-centered) view of the Solar System and heretic to the Holy Roman Church.
3. Written about in many history textbooks today.
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