October 2, 2012
I decided to do my research paper on Galileo Galilei. I chose him because he is the only person that had an influence on the Scientific Revolution that was most interesting to me. He came up with the law of the pendulum. He is very different from any other person who had influence on the scientific revolution. Galileo’s theory instantly made him famous. Throughout my report I will inform about the significance and influence Galileo had on the Scientific Revolution.
Galileo was the inventor of the scientific method. As well as studying the phases of Venus and discovering the moons of Jupiter, Galileo studied one of the simplest break throughs to ever occur- the swinging pendulum. Legend has it that around 1583, during a service in the Pisa Cathedral, a swinging lamp caught Galileo’s attention. He timed its swings with the beat of his pulse. This was the only timing method back then because they didn’t have stop watches yet. Galileo observed that how long it took for the pendulum to swing back and forth. The time it took it to swing back and forth remained the same even when the swings got smaller and smaller. "Laboratory Physics" (Amazon book link) by James T Murphy and Judith L Doyle. pp 59-62.
Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy on February 15, 1564. Galileo was the oldest sibling out of 7. His father was a musician and wool trader. Galileo’s father wanted him to study medicine, reason being that there was more money and it was more beneficial to the family. When Galileo turned 11 his father sent him off to start studying medicine at a Jesuit monastery. After 4 years Galileo decided he wanted to be a monk. His dad didn’t really like this idea but his dad went with what he wanted. http://inventors.about.com/od/gstartinventors/a/Galileo_Galilei.htm (1)
In 1581 Galileo’s dad got what he wanted. Galileo was enrolled at Pisa University in 1581. He was only 17 years old when he was...