He was a mathematician, astronomer, physicist, writer, and philosopher.
Rather, the young scholar became intrigued by mathematics, and found inspiration in the form of Ostilio Ricci, a mathematician in the court of the Tuscan Grand Duke. From toGalileo continued to formally pursue a degree in medicine, while Ricci educated him in geometry and applied mathematics.
These years were a formative period for the young man, and in he made his first famous discovery: Galileo did so, but his poor record as a medical student doomed his application, and in he was forced to leave the University of Pisa without a degree. For the next four years, he earned his keep in Florence by working as a private tutor in mathematics, and continued to make experiments on his own.
During this time Galileo also earned the praise of the noted Jesuit mathematician, Christopher Clavius, the man responsible for the great calendar reform that the Church had put into effect in January But Galileo wanted not only praise from Clavius, but patronage: Byhe had been rejected as under-qualified for positions all across northern Italy.
Despairing, he and a friend considered leaving for Constantinople and the Turkish East in search of employment. At the University, Galileo quickly developed a rivalry with the older, more established professors, particularly a conservative philosopher named Girolamo Borro. He was an Aristotelian, like most scholars of his day, meaning that he based his work on the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle.
Galileo much doubted many Aristotelian claims, and resolved to test one of the more famous ones, namely, that "the downward motion of a mass of gold or lead, or of any other body endowed with weight, is quicker in proportion to its size.
According to legend, Galileo ascended to the top of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, and dropped balls of different weights and sizes to the ground. If this event really took place, it would have been a brilliant act of scientific theater. By now, however, he had established a reputation as one of the bright lights of the mathematical field, and he carried this reputation with him out of the Duchy of Florence and into the territory governed by that great maritime power, the Serene Republic of Venice.
There in autumn ofthe Venetian Senate chose him as the chair in mathematics at the University of Padua.Galileo, in full Galileo Galilei, (born February 15, , Pisa [Italy]—died January 8, , Arcetri, near Florence), Italian natural philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician who made fundamental contributions to the sciences of motion, astronomy, and strength of materials and to the development of the scientific method.
Galileo Galilei was an illustrious seventeenth century mathematician. Besides being a spectacular mathematician, he was an equally brilliant physicist, philosopher, engineer and Italian polymath. Galileo is credited for amazing scientific discoveries which revolutionized the world in the centuries that followed.
He made the telescopic observation of the phases of Venus and confirmed the four. A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF GALILEO GALILEI. By Tim Lambert. Galileo Galilei was born on 15 February in Pisa, Italy.
(He is one of the few famous people known by his first name rather than his surname). Galileo Galilei From an early age Galileo Galilei manifested his aptitude for mathematical and mechanical pursuits, but his parents, wishing to turn him aside from studies that promised no substantial return, destined him for the medical profession.
But all was in vain, and at an early age. Find out more about the history of Galileo Galilei, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on benjaminpohle.com Galileo, in full Galileo Galilei, (born February 15, , Pisa [Italy]—died January 8, , Arcetri, near Florence), Italian natural philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician who made fundamental contributions to the sciences of motion, astronomy, and strength of materials and to the development of the scientific method.