Galileo Galilei – (009)

Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642), was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the “father of modern observational astronomy”, the “father of modern physics”, the “father of science”, and “the Father of Modern Science”. (©Wikipedia)

Galileu Galilei (Pisa, 15 de fevereiro de 1564 — Florença, 8 de janeiro de 1642) foi um físico, matemático, astrônomo e filósofo italiano. Galileu foi personalidade fundamental na revolução científica.

Galileo Galilei discovered the isochronism of the pendulum and demonstrated that falling bodies of different weights descend at the same rate. He perfected the refracting telescope, which led to his discovery of Jupiter’s satellites, sunspots, and craters on the Earth’s moon. He was forced by the Inquisition to recant his support of the Copernican system (©Collins Dictionary)

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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

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“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.”

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Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642), was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the “father of modern observational astronomy”, the “father of modern physics”, the “father of science”, and “the Father of Modern Science”.

His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.

Galileo’s championing of heliocentrism was controversial within his lifetime, when most subscribed to either geocentrism or the Tychonic system. He met with opposition from astronomers, who doubted heliocentrism due to the absence of an observed stellar parallax. The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition in 1615, and they concluded that it could be supported as only a possibility, not an established fact. Galileo later defended his views in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which appeared to attack Pope Urban VIII and thus alienated him and the Jesuits, who had both supported Galileo up until this point. He was tried by the Inquisition, found “vehemently suspect of heresy”, forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. It was while Galileo was under house arrest that he wrote one of his finest works, Two New Sciences, in which he summarised the work he had done some forty years earlier, on the two sciences now called kinematics and strength of materials.

[Wikipedia – English]

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Galileu Galilei (Pisa, 15 de fevereiro de 1564 — Florença, 8 de janeiro de 1642) foi um físico, matemático, astrônomo e filósofo italiano.

Galileu Galilei foi personalidade fundamental na revolução científica. Foi o mais velho dos sete filhos do alaudista Vincenzo Galilei e de Giulia Ammannati. Viveu a maior parte de sua vida em Pisa e em Florença, na época integrantes do Grão-Ducado da Toscana.

Galileu Galilei desenvolveu os primeiros estudos sistemáticos do movimento uniformemente acelerado e do movimento do pêndulo. Descobriu a lei dos corpos e enunciou o princípio da inércia e o conceito de referencial inercial, ideias precursoras da mecânica newtoniana. Galileu melhorou significativamente o telescópio refrator e com ele descobriu as manchas solares, as montanhas da Lua, as fases de Vénus, quatro dos satélites de Júpiter, os anéis de Saturno, as estrelas da Via Láctea. Estas descobertas contribuíram decisivamente na defesa do heliocentrismo. Contudo a principal contribuição de Galileu foi para o método científico, pois a ciência assentava numa metodologia aristotélica.

O físico desenvolveu ainda vários instrumentos como a balança hidrostática, um tipo de compasso geométrico que permitia medir ângulos e áreas, o termómetro de Galileu e o precursor do relógio de pêndulo. O método empírico, defendido por Galileu, constitui um corte com o método aristotélico mais abstrato utilizado nessa época, devido a este Galileu é considerado como o “pai da ciência moderna”.

[Wikipedia – Português]

 

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