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# A Description of Galileo Galilei Born in Pisa, Italy

GALILEO Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa Italy on February 15 1564 Galileo lived in Pisa until he was about 10 years old In 1574 his family moved to Florence where Galileo started his education at a monestary named Vallombroso In 1581 Galileo went to the University of Pisa to study medicine while at the University of Pisa Galileo discovered an interest in Physics and Mathematics he switched his major from medicine to mathematics In 1585 he left the university to become a teacher During a four year unemployment he tutored and perfected theories In 1589 Galileo was given the job of professor of Mathematics at the University of Pisa and received another job at the University of Padua as the chair of Mathematics Galileo taught at the university for eighteen years In 1584 Galileo discovered the principle of which showed that the period of a pendulum remains the same no matter what the amplitude is Galileo discovered this while watching a chandelier swing in the cathedral next to the Tower of Pisa He proved the isochronism theory in 1602 In 1606 he invented the hydro-static balance this device that found the specific gravity of substances by weighing them under water Galileo also found that Aristotles belief that objects fall at velocities proportional to their weight was wrong He found that all objects fall at the same rate its only the density of the median they fall through that causes larger objects to fall slower Galileo made many discoveries while he was teaching at the University of Padua including a calculating compass a thermometer a pumpand the theory of parabola The parabola was due to the combined forces of horizontal motion and vertical acceleration This theory was very useful in the firing of guns and rockets Another discovery Galileo made while he was at the University of Padua was the law of fall which was based on Newtons law of motion At his

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