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Galileo Galilei founder of modern experimental science Galileo Galilei was one of the most remarkable scientists ever He discovered many new ideas and theories and introduced them to mankind Galileo helped society as an Italian astronomer and physicist but how did he come to be such a great and well-known scientist It took hard work and patience Galileo was born during the renaissance in Pisa Italy on February 15 1564 He was raised by his mom Giulia Ammanati and his dad Vincenzo Galilei His family had enough money for school but they were not rich When he was about seven years old his family moved to Florence where he started his education In 1581 his father sent him to the University of Pisa because he thought his son should be a doctor For four years he studied medicine and the different theories of the scientist Aristotle He was not interested in medicine but soon he became interested in math In 1585 he convinced his father to let him leave the school without a degree Galileo was a math tutor for the next four years in Florence He spent a lot of the four years studying the scientific thoughts and philosophies of Aristotle He also invented an instrument that could find the gravity of objects This instrument called a hydrostatic balance was used by weighing the objects in water Galileo returned to Pisa in 1589 and became a professor in math He taught courses in astronomy at the University of Pisa based on Ptolemys theory that the sun and all of the planets move around the earth Teaching these courses he became more understanding of astronomy
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