February 15th, 1564

February 15th, 1564

Matters of life and death: curious circumstances occured in February 1564.

Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa on February 15th, 1564. He was a physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the “father of modern physics and modern science”. Shortly after his birth, Leonardo Buonarroti noted: “On Friday, February 18th 1564, Michelangelo died in Rome, having lived 88 years, 11 months and 14 days”.

The city of Florence and Museo della scienza celebrate Galileo’s 450° birthday with lots of cultural events starting on February 15th until March 20th. Talks on aesthetic expression of scientific thinking – painting, cinema, theatre, and literatur e– and on the apprehension of beauty in the arts and in the animal world (Italian only). Podcasts available at www.intoscana.it.

List of events online : Museo della Scienza

Info about Galileo and scientific itineraries in Florence: info@florencewithflair.com