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More about Galileo: Things Unknown About the Father of Modern Science

If there was one crazy discovery, about a well known person from human history, it would be that of Galileo. He may be considered as the “Father of modern Physics” and the “father of science” but an employment background check would reveal that there is more than his involvement with science as we know it.

In a July 2007 issue of the Discover magazine, an article on Galileo revealed 20 things that were not much known about him. The first is a definite surprise (though most of the information in the article are), especially for those who have concentrated their studies and ideas about him only on his discoveries and innovations.

An employment background check on Galileo would reveal that he once joined the order. However, his father withdrew him from becoming a monk long after he had announced thus making him a defrocked priest for life. ‘Till his time of death, he had been a devout catholic, but he never married the mother of his three children.

Galileo’s studies on the pendulum began while he watches a lamp swing back and forth in the cathedral of Pisa. He even had this belief that a pendulum’s period is constant; this was proven to be wrong though. He even planned to build a pendulum clock, but with no success.

Going back on his being a devout catholic, Galileo even deduced the length of Dante’s Lucifer, which was presented in Divine Comedy, to 2,000 arm-lengths long. He also concentrated in studying the said drama’s inferno, specifically its dimension. This was the point when he was turned on by math and saw Dante’s presentation of hell as a challenge. More on his mathematical side: Galileo was hired by the University of Pisa as a professor in mathematics. Unfortunately his contract was not renewed due to attitude problem—being difficult to work with and his inappropriateness with his students.

From the mere not-so-much-unknown to details which are more familiar: As we all know Galileo formulated the laws on acceleration, however, there are no proofs whatsoever that he dropped balls off the Leaning Tower of Pisa to prove this point. In addition the infamous invention of the telescope is not actually his. The idea was of a Dutch man (who is a spectacle maker), as he made a spyglass. It was only Galileo who used it to observe the skies.

Heavenly bodies sparked and interest in Galileo. His findings on Saturn are encoded—hidden—in an anagram. Last 2000, a probe, named after him, proved his discovery on Europa, one of the four moons of Jupiter. More so, his observation on Jupiter’s moon made him convinced that the earth is not the center of the universe.

After his father’s death, Galileo made a living by designing compasses that were to aim at cannon balls. He has other inventions which were all in sketch including a pocket comb that can also be used as an eating utensil. One earlier invention, the first thermometer for measuring temperature, unluckily became a financial failure.

These are not entirely unknown, just not that familiar. His greatness made him popular, but just like any person we would want to admire, shortcomings or other facts that may oppose the image that is being built, requires certain information to, either be deprived, of limited to the public. In the case of Galileo, the presented facts are not to degrade him but rather to keep the people corrected in some misconceptions brought about by lack of background information.

There’s more information about Galileo the public are not aware of or are not familiar much in the Discover magazine. Truly it is one article that has widened one’s understanding on one of the greatest scientist in history.