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The seventeenth century marked the beginning of spectacular changes in science that to this day flourish However during these times science and faith would clash and in their terrible conflict the two were severed to continue in divergent directions and to lose their common ground that continues at the present The Aristotelian point of view that the Earth was the center of the universe was a universal Biblical belief that no one dared to question However one mans discoveries within the universe brought much controversy that challenged the Aristotelian belief to the highest degree The life of Galileo Galilei is a remarkable contribution to history not only because of the complex discoveries and inventions he made during such simplistic times but the outcome of his life brought the Roman Catholic Church to its knees over three hundred years later Galileo Galileis contributions to science have proven to be among the most substantial to mankind and proof of this is the fact that scientists use Galileos principals to this day In science he is regarded as one of the most influential individuals of all timesGalileo was born in Pisa Italy on February 15 1564 His family would move to Florence and it is here that he would attend medical school at the age of fifteen During his first year at the university theory was stressed while getting heavy doses of Aristotles natural philosophy Galens physiology and Avicennas theory of recovery and all of this while further grounding in Greek Latin and Hebrew Reston 13 The fact that he was more interested in mathematics arrogant and quick to speak left him struggling to get along with most of the professors He felt that in certain disquisitions the Greeks were not only irrelevant but wrong He also confronted his professors with the absurdity behind the Aristotelian system that larger objects fell faster than smaller ones due to acceleration from a higher plane and thus the smaller objects came
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