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Unformatted text preview: This work was Galileo's final masterpiece. His eyesight was diminishing, and by the time the Dialogues were published, in 1638, cataracts had robbed him of sight. The Inquisition allowed him to visit Florence the following year, where he saw a physician and heard Mass. In his final three years, he was attended by a number of young men, who read to him, and to whom he dictated his correspondence until his hearing failed as well. In constant pain from a low- grade fever, he occupied himself by playing the lute, his father's favored instrument. He died on January 8, 1642, a month shy of his seventy- eighth birthday. Galileo was unquestionably one of the greatest minds in history. Any one of his scientific accomplishments would have earned him a place in the first rank of discoverers, and the sheer breadth of his work is almost unparalleled. His contributions to physics, from the sheer breadth of his work is almost unparalleled....
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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