Galileo: Scientist and Stargazer (What's Their Story) by Jacqueline Mitton

By Jacqueline Mitton

Galileo's progressive medical paintings introduced him into clash with the experts yet earned him an commemorated position in historical past books. He swept away previous notions of the universe through watching the skies via a telescope and confirming that the Earth and planets shuttle round the sunlight.

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The trial did not go well. Galileo still could not understand why so many people were against him. He was frightened of prison or an even worse punishment. But there was a way to avoid this. 29 Galileo agreed to read out the words that said he did not believe Earth goes around the Sun. In his heart he knew the words were untrue. Later he went back to the court to hear his punishment. He had to wear a white robe to show he was sorry for offending the church. He knelt down and listened while he was sentenced to imprisonment.

Of course, that was not true! But he got away with it. 31 Sadly, Galileo went blind. Even so he kept thinking up new ideas. With the help of his son and friends, he worked to the very end. He died the month before his 78th birthday, leaving behind many important theories and discoveries that would help transform scientific thinking.

31 Sadly, Galileo went blind. Even so he kept thinking up new ideas. With the help of his son and friends, he worked to the very end. He died the month before his 78th birthday, leaving behind many important theories and discoveries that would help transform scientific thinking.

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