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Unformatted text preview: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) Galileo's father wanted him to study medicine, and he did so briefly at the University of Pisa. But Galileo preferred mathematics. He studied with private tutors in Pisa and then at home, in Florence. Soon he was giving private lessons in mathematics and was later appointed to the vacant mathematics chair at the University of Pisa. Here he is said to have dropped iron balls from the leaning tower, as a public challenge to Aristotelian philosophers, who said that heavier balls should fall faster. They don't. While Galileo probably never acted as this legend tells, it is true to his spirit challenging authority, thinking clearly, and relying upon actual observation. Aristotelian professors were certainly not friendly to Galileo, and he soon moved to the University of Padua. Galileo built a telescope and was the first to use this new instrument to systematically of Padua....
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10