Write 5 pages with APA style on Life and Inventions of Galileo Galilei. This paper will trace the life of Galileo Galilei and further explore the different discoveries and inventions made by him.
To begin with, the life of this great scientist was shaped in the normal way that most people undergo. Galileo was born on February 15th, 1564 at a place known as Pisa in Italy and his parents were Vincenzo Galilei and Giulia Ammanat (Khan Academy 1). His parents were from a humble background and his father held a position in a civic office of the Duchy of Florence considering the fact that Italy was divided into small regions that were governed by hereditary dukes (Khan Academy 1). At the age of 10, Galileo and his parents shifted to Florence where he was educated in a convent and as a result, he was attracted to being a priest but his father encouraged him to study medicine at the University of Pisa in the later years.
Interestingly, Galileo started showing up characteristics of becoming a scientist at an early age while still a student at the University of Pisa. According to the University of California, Galileo was open and showed interest in various fields making him know of many aspects in the science field (1). Further, the university education in those days relied heavily on Aristotle’s philosophy and due to the curiosity and interest in learning more about nature, Galileo questioned and criticized some of the acceptable conclusions that formed the basis of education. For example, Galileo contradicted Aristotle’s rule that suggested that the speed of falling items is proportional to their size (Khan Academy 1). In addition, Galileo was not choosy on a specific profession and he was knowledgeable in medicine, mathematics, philosophy, theology, and geometry (University of California 1).
Something worth noting is that Galileo also contributed to science by writing several books that stated his views on various subjects that he felt should be addressed. After completion of his university education, Galileo sought and got a job as a mathematics teacher at the University of Pisa where he also wrote his first scientific paper to explain the ‘floating’ of substances on water (Khan Academy 1).