Galileo Galilei, one of the most important scientists in history, was born on this day in 1564 in Pisa, Italy. Why not spend a little homeschool time this week learning about him at your local library or online, or in your recommended homeschool history encyclopedia which has a fine illustrated overview of the seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution on pages 266–267.
Here are two great online resources you and your students can explore this week (preferably with a large screen rather than a phone):
- ➢ The Galileo Project from Rice University — A big online encyclopedia about Galileo’s life, work, and times.
- ➢ The Starry Messenger: Observing the Heavens in the Age of Galileo — A beautiful exhibit of rare books from Yale University.
And here’s a famous Galilean proof — dropping a hammer and a feather together on the moon (which has no atmosphere and so no atmospheric friction) and observing that they fall at exactly the same rate:
That behavior is so counterintuitive to our earth-derived common sense — common sense that we have developed in our friction-filled atmosphere — that it’s difficult to absorb, even when we see it with our own eyes. “Mr. Galileo was correct!”
What scientific discoveries have you made in your homeschool this Orion Term? 😊
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