Happy (Belated) Birthday, Galileo!

I missed it by a day, but February 15, 1564 was the birthday of Galileo, in Pisa, Italy. Herewith: a short bio to tie in with the International Year of Astronomy.

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Among other things, he gave us the Law of the Pendulum which would later be used to regulate clocks; He constructed a “spyglass” (later called telescope) based on rumors and information coming out of Holland about such a device, without ever seeing one.

His designs improved quickly, and on January 7, 1610, he was the first to see three of the moons of Jupiter.

Famous for being charged with heresy for supporting the Copernican model of the universe which suggested the Earth was not the center of the universe, he was fortunately cleared of all charges.

More info available at Galileo Galilei

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About D. D. Syrdal

Writer of vampire stories and science fiction. First novel, "Revenants Abroad", available now at Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, Kobo.com, Smashwords. If you like a vampire you can go out drinking with and still respect yourself in the morning, I think you'd like Andrej.
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4 Responses to Happy (Belated) Birthday, Galileo!

  1. Morning to ya, DD.

    I’m so used to going over to Filling Spaces. I need to remember you have two blogs. They’re both great.

  2. Digital Dame says:

    Thanks, Tasha. 🙂

    I was actually thinking of starting a third (eeek!)

  3. metaljaybird says:

    Glad you pointed that little bit about having the charges cleared. He had another writing endorsed about 5 years after the heresy charge.

  4. Digital Dame says:

    Heya MJB,

    Are you an astronomer too? I missed Copernicus’s bd as well, which was the 19th. Oh well, guess it’s too late to put something up now.

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