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Unformatted text preview: But by the end of the decade, Galileo was growing dissatisfied with Padua. He felt under-appreciated and overworked: he earned only half the salary of the typical Aristotelian professor, and he taught a growing collection of pupils. These pupils hailed from noble European families, and Galileo had to meet their needs not only out of his obligations as a teacher, but out of political obligations; to refuse to attend to these students' needs would be to lose the backing of powerful families. But his teaching duties took time away from his private studies, and crucial questions were goading Galileo. He began to yearn for a new appointment, ideally in his native Florence, and he continued to curry favor with the royal family of Tuscany in the hopes of obtaining their patronage. But then, in the summer of 1609, news arrived in Italy of the invention of the patronage....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07