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Galileo: A Man of Inspiration
An argument that Galileo Galilei is an inspiration for all of mankind.
# 153175 | 781 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 05, 2013 in Physics (General) , Astronomy (General) , Mathematics (General)

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The paper outlines all of Galileo's discoveries in the fields of mathematics, physics and astronomy, and argues that he remains an example for anyone interested to find out more about the universe. The paper relates that Galileo contributed to science because he was inquisitive, and, even when he knew he would suffer because he was going against traditional thought, he would not abandon what he believed to be true. The paper asserts that Galileo was a brilliant and brave individual who was not afraid to look for answers that might be different from the norm.

From the Paper:

"In 1610, Galileo published The Starry Night, where he claimed he could see the Milky Way, which was a startling collection of stars. He also asserted that the surface of the moon was uneven and irregular, which went against the prevailing thought at the time. He wrote about the craters and mountains he saw on the moon. He also discovered small objects orbiting around Jupiter. Galileo observed that Venus appeared in longer phases than the moon, which shed new light on just how our solar system operated. Until this discovery, it was believed that the planets in the solar system revolved around the Earth. However, this new information questioned this theory. This discovery would lead him Galileo toward a claim that "would push him a step further toward trouble" (White 45). Galileo was well on his way toward making history because of his findings but he was also on his way toward a more difficult life because he was not just making discoveries, he was making claims that literally rocked the universe.
"One such discovery was that of the supernova, which proved "contrary to Aristotle's theories, things did change in distant parts of the universe" (Pasochoff 40). This idea, which seems almost insignificant today, was actually incredibly radical as the consensus of his time was to support Aristotle's "logico-verbal" (Univ. Oregon) approach to the universe."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Goldsmith, Mike. Galileo Galilei. New York: Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers. 2001. Print.
  • "Galileo Galilei." University of Oregon Online. 7 February, 2011. Web.
  • White, Michael. Galileo Galilei: Inventor, Astronomer, and Rebel. Connecticut: Blackbirch Press, Inc. 1999. Print.

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