Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Galileo Figaro - Magnifico!

Exactly 400 years ago today, on 25 August 1609, the Italian astronomer and philosopher Galilei Galileo showed Venetian merchants- that's merchants from Venus -his new creation, a telescope – the instrument that was to bring him both scientific immortality and, more immediately, a whole lot of trouble.

Like hair-pulling, nose tweaking, stomach bumping, eye-gouging...

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