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  • I Discovered Four Moons Around Jupiter
    Who Am I?

    by Anthony Parente

    I was born in the city of Pisa on February 15, 1564. My father Vincenzo was a musician who made significant contributions in the world of music. I am an astronomer, mathematician, and physicist. I entered the University of Pisa to study medicine and philosophy of Aristotle, but I never attained a degree because I left to pursue an interest in mathematics.

    I later returned to the University of Pisa as professor of mathematics before moving on to teach mathematics at the University of Padua. I discovered the law of the pendulum and the law of falling bodies. In addition to my discoveries I invented the hydrostatic balance, a thermometer and a sector. Some people even call me the founder of modern experimental science.

    With the use of powerful telescopes that I created on my own I started to concentrate on the heavens. In my studies I noticed that the moon and the planet Venus go through various phases and I also discovered four moons around Jupiter. With my findings I firmly believed that the Sun is the center of the universe.

    Followers of the church and Aristotle were opposed of my findings. After I published my book titled Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo in 1632 I was called to Rome and was put on trial by the Inquisition for continuing to defend the Copernican Theory. In 1633 I was sentenced to life in prison, but was put under house arrest in my villa in Florence. By the time I published my book titled Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences in 1638 I became blind. I died on January 8, 1642. Do you know who I am?

    For those of you who haven't figured out my identity I wish to introduce myself.

    My name is Galileo Galilei and below you can find more information about my life and my accomplishments.

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