Mathematician:Galileo Galilei

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Italian mathematician and scientist usually known as just Galileo.

At the forefront of a revolution in the understanding of physics. One of the most influential thinkers in history.

A member of the informal Académie Parisienne.




  • Born: 15 Feb 1564 in Pisa (now in Italy)
  • 22 June 1633: Condemned for heresy by the Inquisition, sentenced to house arrest
  • 1638 -- 1639: Visited by John Milton
  • Died: 8 Jan 1642 in Arcetri (near Florence) (now in Italy)



Notable Quotes

The Great Book of Nature is written in mathematical symbols.
-- $1623$

E pur si muove! (And yet it moves!)
He supposedly muttered it after having been ordered to recant his philosophical position that the Earth moves round the sun. Whether he truly said it or not is still up for question, but he ought to have done.

On wine: Light held together by moisture.

Critical View

There it was that I found and visited the famous Galileo, grown old, a prisoner to the Inquisition for thinking in Astronomy otherwise than the Franciscan and Dominican licensers of thought.
-- John Milton, after visiting him in $\text {1638}$ – $\text {39}$