"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us
with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their
Galileo Galilei Linceo is a pillar in the history of science. Few have received more acclaim among the great pioneers of scientific
experimentation. This is not just for his successes in astronomy: He achieved major successes in mechanics and
dynamics: a pioneer scientist.
What is not as well known is that he didn’t always rely on
experimental methods when
he came to a conclusion.
In spite of his correct support of the Copernican model, his conviction of this was not based solely on observable evidence. The heliocentric
model is correct, but Galileo’s tidal hypothesis, (created to prove the earth moves around the sun) was incorrect.
He was praised
by many of the common people, however many professors were antagonistic to the man who seemed a threat to their teaching positions.
Galileo is rightfully praised for his pioneering achievements in experimental science. Some of what has been written about his life,
however, has been labeled as “heroic hagiography.” He was quite human, having a mixture of strengths and weaknesses in his
character and personality.