Who Was Galileo Galilei?

Imagine a world without Galileo—it'd be impossible. With him, modern science would be nowhere near where it is today. Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564 in Pisa, Italy. This incredible polymath advanced the theory that the sun was the center of the Solar System, not the Earth. For making such a claim (one that defied the beliefs of the Catholic church at the time), Galileo was convicted of heresy, and the pope put him under house arrest for the remainder of his life. Get a short biography of this world-changing man in the video below.

A Mini Briography Of Galileo Galilei

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Galileo's Middle Finger In A Jar

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Galileo's middle finger is in a glass case in a museum in Florence, Italy. 00:00

  2. There is a long tradition of preserving venerated individuals in Catholicism. 01:03

  3. Three of Galileo's fingers were snapped off 95 years after his death—the three fingers he used to adjust his telescope. 01:19

Galileo: One Of The Greatest Inventors Of All Time

Fun Facts About Galileo

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Written by Curiosity Staff February 15, 2015