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Galileo Galilei Essay

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  • on October 18, 2013
  • Category: History
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Galileo was born on February 15, 1564 in Pisa. His parents were Vincenzo Galilei and Guilia Ammannati. Vincenzo, born in Florence in 1520, was a teacher of music and a lute player. Guilia, born in Pescia, married Vincenzo in 1563 and they made their home in the countryside near Pisa. Galileo was their first child, and he had spent his early years with his family in Pisa. In 1572, when Galileo was eight years old, his family returned to Florence, his father's home town. However, Galileo stayed in Pisa and lived for two years there with Muzio Tided. He was related to Galileo's mother by marriage. When he reached the age of ten, Galileo left Pisa to join his family in Florence and there he was tutored by Jacopo Borghini.
    Galileo began teaching math privately in Florence, and then during 1585-1586 at Siena where he held a public appointment. During the summer of 1586 he wrote his first scientific book The Little Balance (La Balancitta) which described Archimedes' method of finding the relative densities of substances using a balance. In the following year he traveled to Rome to visit Clavius who was professor of mathematics there. A topic which was very popular with mathematicians at this time was centers of gravity and Galileo brought with him some results, which he had discovered on this topic. But even though he impressed Clavius with his knowledge on various subjects, Galileo failed to gain a job to teach mathematics at the University of Bologna.
When Fantoni left the head chair of mathematics at the University of Pisa in 1589, Galileo was appointed to fill the post. Not only did he receive strong recommendations from Clavius, but he also had acquired an excellent reputation through his lectures at the Florence Academy in the previous year. The young mathematician had rapidly acquired the reputation that was necessary to gain such a position, but there were still higher positions he could aim for. Galileo spent three years holding this post at the University...

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