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Unformatted text preview: Years later, Galileo would describe his time at Padua as the happiest years of his life. His first lecture, of which no copy survives, achieved him great success, and he quickly became friendly with a number of Venice's leading citizens. After surviving a bout of financial trouble in early 1593, when the demands of his family and particularly his sister's dowry almost overwhelmed him, Galileo prospered, and eventually moved from a small cottage into a larger three-story house. The house's grounds included a walled garden where he often entertained students and other guests. In 1599, at the end of his first seven- year term, the university offered to renew his appointment, and Galileo gladly accepted. By this point in time he was keeping a mistress, a Venetian woman named Marina Gambi, who would bear him three children–two daughters, in 1600 and...
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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