Galileo Galilei Pt.1

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Galileo Galilei Pt.1

Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564 in Pisa, Italy. He did not change his original name. He was the first-born out of six children. His father was Vincenzo Galilei, a well-known musician and music theorist. In 1574, the family moved to Florence, where Galileo started his formal education at the Monastery School at Vallombrosa, near Florence. He had originally wanted to pursue priesthood but his father wanted him to study medicine, seeing as it had a more promising future.

Mathematical Training

Following his father's wish, he entered the University of Pisa pursuing his medical degree. However, there were two instances in which he decided to change his major to mathematics. The first was in 1581 when Galileo first noticed that a chandelier despite swinging in large and small arcs took almost the same time to return to the first position. This led him to set up two pendulums of equal length and swung them with a variation in sweep. Both the pendulums, irrespective of their sweeps, took the same amount of time to return to the first position and synchronized with each other. The second incident was a lecture on geometry that he accidentally attended. These two instances made Galileo realize his calling, which was mathematics. Eventaully, he convinced his father to let him change his career path.


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A Short Video on Galileo

Galileo was exposed to the Aristotelian view, and he initially supported it. However, he drifted away from it eventually. Due to financial difficulties Galileo’s education at the university came to a halt, before he could earn his degree in 1585.

Galileo was never married. However, he did have three children with Marina Gamba, a woman he met on one of his many trips to Venice. His two daughters, Virginia and Livia, were both put in convents where they became nuns; and his son, Vincenzio.


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