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Galileo’s guru: Archimedes of Syracuse

Galileo was a huge admirer of the ancient Greek mathematician and engineer Archimedes of Syracuse (c.287-212BC). In his earliest published work, La bilancetta (1586), Galileo says that anyone ‘who has read and understood the very subtle inventions of this divine man in his own writings…

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Galileo in a Nutshell

Birth and family. Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy, on 16th February 1564. From an Anglo-centric point-of-view, that was the sixth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. William Shakespeare was born a couple of months later, on or about 23rd April.

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