Death of Scientist Galileo Galilei

8 January 1642

Galileo Galilei, commonly known as Galileo (15 February 1564 - 8 January 1610) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. He played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His scientific contributions include improvement of the telescope and is consequent astronomic observations - for example, he discovered Jupiter's four largest moons. His open support for a heliocentric view was highly controversial during his lifetime.

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    Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), painted 1636 Oil on canvas, 66 x 56 cm Inv. 745


    Replica of Galileo's telescope. Made of wood and leather; 1610.


    Telescope, triangle, magnet compass, hourglass and pendulum clock (16th and 17th), which belonged to Galileo Galilei.


    Telescope and other astronomical instruments, built by Galileo, on the terrace of San Marco, Venice, where they were shown to the Doge. Instruments from the Museo della Scienza, Florence.


    Galileo Galilei's room in Florence, with his astronomical instruments


    Telescope, triangle, magnet compass hourglass and pendulum clock (16th and 17th), which belonged to Galileo Galilei.


    First edition of the "Dialogo" by Galilei in which he supported Copernicus' view that the sun was the center of the universe: the publication brought Galilei before the Inquisition.


    Galileo Galilei's workroom with his table and a globe. Sentenced to seclusion by the Inquisition in Rome, he returned to his house near Florence where he wrote the "Discorsi".


    Galileo Galilei's house in Arcetri, near Florence, where he died in 1642. Sentenced to seclusion by the Inquisition in Rome, Galilei returned to his house in 1633.


    Galileo Galilei, astronomer (1564-1642). Canvas, 57 x 40 cm Inv. 7976


    Tower of Pisa, the high platform with bell and two stone balls of approximately the same size as those used by Galilei for his experiments on the free fall. In the background the Cathedral of Pisa.


    Swinging chandelier in the Cathedral of Pisa. In 1583 Galileo conceived the idea of pendulous motion while looking at this chandelier.


    University of Padua. Rostrum in the Aula Magna which Galilei's students built for him (he was small) so that they could see him better while he was teaching.


    Trial of Galileo Galilei before the Inquisition, 1633. The scientist and astronomer proved Copernicus' and Kepler's theories of a sun-centered system, a theory the Catholic Church had declared erroneous.


    Grandduke Cosimo II of Toskana (1597-1681), called engraver Jacques Callot and Astronomer Galileo Galilei to his court in Florence. Canvas, 203 x 116 cm Inv. 6726


    Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) observing the oscillation of the hanging lamp. In 1583 Galilei conceived the idea of pendulous motion while looking at this chandelier in the Cathedral in Pisa, Italy. Fresco.