Along Came Galileo

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Along Came Galileo
Author: Jeanne Bendick, Jeanne
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Time Period: Renaissance
Time Frame: 1564-1642
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Italy
Topics: Galileo
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 1999

World History > Renaissance > Science

One of the most important figures to come out of the awakening world of the Renaissance was Galileo Galelei. Galileo was forever asking questions. Is it possible to measure heat? Can you weigh air? Does the earth stand still or does it move? How fast do objects fall to the earth? These questions, and his answers to them, led to some of the most important discoveries ever in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and the natural world.

Among his many accomplishments Galileo advanced the astronomical telescope and invented the compound microscope. He measured the rotation of the sun, invented the thermometer, a geometrical compass, and the pendulum clock. He was a man of faith, a lover of art and an accomplished artist. He played the lute and enjoyed working in his garden. He was the first to see, through the lens of the telescope, the sights and wonders of our galaxy that moved him to profound gratitude to God. He was so ahead of his time that his discoveries caused him to be the object of persecution and injustice.

Through her whimsical illustrations and her bright and engaging text Jeanne Bendick has provided the middle reader with Galileo's inspiring story.

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