Today is Galileo's birthday! Woohoo!
Galileo was a really kickass guy from Pisa who loved space and science and math and philosophy. He had such a passion for observing the fundamental truths that (literally) make the planet go round that he spent his life looking through his telescope to find them. He was also a major supporter of heliocentric cosmology which really upset the guys in charge.
Finally, Galileo was "vehemently suspect of heresy" and put under house arrest. Granted, house arrest probably wasn't all that bad for him. Have you seen that dude's house? I wouldn't mind spending the last years of my life in a gigantic villa just outside of Florence. How much work could I get done?!?
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