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 that every homeschool students should see: 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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