This month’s contribution to the Blog of Funny Names. How well do you know Galileo. He wasn’t a Leo. . .
Astronomer, astrologer, musician, mathematician, physicist, philosopher, engineer, and heretic. This man knew how to live.
Born in Pisa, February 15, 1564. He could have said, “Hi ladies, I’m an Aquarius, the sign of the scientist,” but he didn’t.
Instead he said, “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”
The first of six children. Three of his siblings survived infancy.
His father, Vincenzo Galilei—a famous lutenist and composer and music theorist—taught Galileo to play a lute, a healthy skepticism of established authority, and a relationship between music and mathematics.
In his youth he considered becoming a priest. His father encourage him to become a physician. And something that would never happen nowadays—one day he went to the wrong class. Probably on a…
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