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Galileo's discovery temporarily restored him to the good graces of his professors, but he  showed a patent lack of interest in medicine, and skipped so many of the required  lectures that he was soon in danger of failing out of the university. Meanwhile, the Galilei  family was running short of funds, and Galileo's father suggested that he apply for a  scholarship offered by the Duke of Tuscany. Galileo did so, but his poor record as a  medical student doomed his application, and in 1585 he was forced to leave the  University of Pisa without a degree. For the next four years, he earned his keep in  Florence by working as a private tutor in mathematics, and continued to make  experiments on his own. He invented a device to measure the relative weights of alloys  in a metal, improving on the work of the ancient mathematician Archimedes, and  distinguished himself in a city-wide contest by most convincingly determining the 
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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.

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