Essay about Role of Galileo with References to book Galileo's Daughter

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During an important time in European history, Galileo played a key role in the scientific revolution. He challenged widely accepted ideas and gave a new face to philosophy, astronomy and physics. While he was alive, though, he was much more than just a philosopher. Galileo Galilei had passions and values, which were portrayed throughout his life and accurately written down in Dava Sobel's Galileo's Daughter. He applied these values in his career as a mathematician and a teacher of physics, in his passion of astronomy and philosophy, in his loyalty to his church and country, and most of all to his daughter, whom he conversed with in the many letters of Galileo's Daughter. Unlike most of the history that is read in books, Galileo's story …show more content…
The Church was most threatened by Galileo and his implications that the moon had mountains and craters and his discoveries of sunspots. If these were true, it would mean that the heavens were not perfect, and that the Catholic Church was incorrect. Having to exert power to maintain authority, Galileo was imprisoned for defending these scientific discoveries and his belief in heliocentrism (the belief that the planets move around the sun). Of course, Galileo was still loyal to his country and to the powerful Catholic Church, and recanted his ideas after being imprisoned. His sentence was later changed to house arrest, and he continued to communicate his ideas and scientific findings. One might think that it was out of cowardice that Galileo recanted his theories, but he probably felt that he was forced to. He was loyal to both as a passionate scientist and a faithful religious man, and he did not want to die or be exiled for theories that the world was not yet ready for. Doing so would mean abandoning his family and his career. Despite his bold stand in the name of science then the recanting of it, Galileo never wanted to stir up and controversy with the Catholic Church. His intentions were not to divide science and religion, but allow them to coexist. If not faced with enough obstacles, Galileo also struggled through crippling health problems throughout his life. Poisoned with noxious vapors while taking a siesta one day in

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