Galileo 's Contributions Of The Scientific Revolution Essay

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Galileo’s Contributions Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, played a major role in the scientific revolution. He laid the foundation of modern physics and astronomy. Initially, he studied medicine at the University of Pisa, but lost interest. Soon after that, Galileo developed an interest in mathematics and physics and began observing our solar system. While observing the solar system, he developed his own scientific method.. He later helped develop the modern scientific method, which scientists still use to this day. Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance astronomer, who developed the heliocentric theory, was Galileo’s inspiration. Galileo admired Copernicus’ bravery for going against the Church and proving that the Church was wrong about our solar system. Copernicus’ heliocentric theory was later revised by Galileo using his own observations with Copernicus’. Galileo’s observations influenced other astronomers to improve Copernicus’ heliocentric theory of the universe.
Galileo was warned by the Church to stop teaching the heliocentric theory. Steele states, “Pope Paul V decided Copernicus’ heliocentric theory was wrong and went against the teachings of the Church, and Galileo was ordered not to spread the ideas as if they were facts” (38). Steele also says, “Galileo was ordered to go to Rome to face the Inquisition” (43). While facing the Inquisition, Galileo was put on trial, where he was first imprisoned, and later confined to his house (“Galileo 's Discoveries”). The…

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