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By Bonnie Christensen

Acclaimed author-illustrator Bonnie Christensen adopts the voice of Galileo and we could him inform his personal story during this remarkable photograph e-book biography. the 1st individual narration supplies this publication a pleasant, own suppose that makes Galileo's outstanding achievements and concepts thoroughly obtainable to younger readers. And Christensen's art glows with the sunshine of the celebrities he studied.

Galileo's contributions have been so numerous—the telescope! the microscope!—and his rules so world-changing—the sun-centric sun system!—that Albert Einstein known as him "the father of contemporary science." yet in his personal time he used to be branded a heretic and imprisoned in his domestic. He was once a guy who insisted on his correct to pursue the reality, it doesn't matter what the cost—making his existence as attention-grabbing and instructive as his rules.

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I used to be now not well known in Pisa, although. on the age of twenty-five, I scorned culture. First by way of refusing to put on the bulky gowns of a professor, then through disputing considered one of Aristotle’s sacred legislation of physics. Aristotle, the recognized historical Greek thinker, claimed a heavy item may fall speedier than a mild item. I disagreed. To turn out my aspect, I dropped cannonballs of other weights from the leaning tower. simply as I estimated, they fell on the very same fee of velocity. however the public used to be no longer confident, even within the face of clinical evidence. i used to be now not invited to proceed educating on the college of Pisa. within the iciness of 1592, the collage of Padua beckoned, with a greater place and time for my very own experiments. again in Pisa, I’d saw a dangling lamp within the cathedral swinging backward and forward. every one swing, like that of a pendulum, marked a unit of time. The reminiscence of this encouraged me to start an exceptional learn of items in movement, together with the pendulum and its chances as a timekeeping machine. My megastar rose fast in Padua and close by Venice. The Venetian army sought my recommendation at the best placement of oars of their ships, and that i invented an inventive compass, a tool in a position to complicated mathematical calculations, immensely invaluable to the army. certain, my compass was once a rare good fortune, yet not anything in comparison to what used to be to return. Rumors have been circulating via Venice of a brand new Dutch gadget—a spyglass in a position to magnifying far away gadgets. I seized upon the belief and instantly all started designing, calculating, and grinding lenses for a miles greater device. inside of an issue of weeks, I held in my palms the world’s first actually medical telescope. The doge and senators of Venice eagerly climbed to the head of the bell tower for an opportunity to appear via my telescope. via it they observed tiny ships at the horizon—ships that may no longer be obvious to even the sharpest eyes for hours. They have been astounded through my new construction. yet i used to be now not happy with the magnification. I labored all summer season to extend the telescope’s energy. Then, one fall evening, I lifted my telescope to the sky and considered the moon. brilliant! now not the superbly delicate moon Aristotle defined, yet a moon with peaks and valleys no longer not like our Earth. And past … a doubtless endless internet of stars—and Jupiter! Jupiter aligned with 4 smaller celestial our bodies by no means visible sooner than. For 8 weeks I spent my nights within the chilly, exploring the universe and making unique sketches of my luminous, imperfect moon. on the finish of that iciness, in 1610, I released my findings within the Starry Messenger. The e-book offered out immediately. All Europe used to be speaking concerning the moon, Jupiter, and me. abruptly i used to be as acclaimed as Christopher Columbus! So acclaimed, actually, that the grand duke of Tuscany, Cosimo II de’ Medici, invited me to dwell in his courtroom in Florence. eventually, i may commit all my time to learning the heavens—to the exploration of odd spots crossing the skin of the solar and to the altering stages of Venus.

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