Essay about Galileo Galilei

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Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy on February 15, 1564 and was named after his ancestor Galileo Bonaiuti who was a physician, professor, and politician. His parents were Giulia Ammannati and Vincenzo Galilei, a famous lutenist, composer, and music theorist. He was the first born of six children of which three of his five siblings survived infancy. He started his education at the young age of 8 at the Camaldolese Monastery at Vallombrosa, which brought a close connection to the Christian religion. Following in his father’s footsteps, Galileo became an accomplished lutenist, which later expanded the intellectual catechism of how the world works. Michelangelo, the youngest of his siblings, was also a lutenist but had financial…show more content…
With his theory tested with pendelums, almost 100 years later, his theory was used for the invention of the pendulum clock by Christiaan Huygens. Though he was developing and testing his theories, Galileo was not exposed to mathematics but was intrigued in the subject after attending a geometry lecture. He then began to study mathematics and natural philosophy instead of medicine since right before he earned his degree, the university cut him off due to unpaid funds. Returning to Florence, he lectured at the Florentine academy, where he studied and applied his new interests, and in 1586 he published an essay describing his invention of the hydrostatic balance, when fluid is at rest, which made his name known throughout Italy. With his other interest of philosophy, Galileo studied fine arts and received an instructer position in the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence in 1588 where he met Cigoli, a painter, who applied Galileo’s astronomical observations in his painting. This led Galileo to expand his mentality to be more aesthetic. In 1589, he was back to Pisa and was appointed to the chair of mathematics. Two years later, his father dies and had to support his younger brother. He then moved and taught in the University of Padua. During that time Galileo met Marina Gamba and although he was religious he fathered three children by her without marriage. Because he had two

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