Le scoperte del passato

Oggi la scienza e la tecnologia continuano a fare passi da gigante e a rendere possibili cose impensabili anche solo pochi decenni fa. Ma non dobbiamo dimenticare che il percorso della scienza è cominciato molti secoli fa, dalle “piccole” scoperte di uomini coraggiosi.

Uno di questi uomini fu Galileo Galilei. Nacque a Pisa, in Toscana, nel 1564 e studiò letteratura, medicina e matematica. Grazie ai suoi esperimenti e all’osservazione della natura comprese alcune importanti verità che oggi sono conosciute a tutti.

Galileo decise di aumentare la potenza di uno strumento inventato in Olanda, il cannocchiale, per osservare le navi a distanza e le stelle. In questo modo fece grandi scoperte astronomiche che comunicò al mondo con coraggio, anche se erano idee spesso impopolari. Capì per esempio che la Terra gira intorno al Sole e non viceversa, e aprì la strada anche a nuove scoperte scientifiche.

Past discoveries

Thanks to great improvements in fields like science and technology, today we can do things that seemed impossible just some decades ago. And centuries ago lived courageous men who opened the way to modern scientific research.

One of these men was Galileo Galilei. He was born in 1564 in Pisa (Tuscany) and studied literature, medicine, and math. Thanks to his experiments and to the observation of the natural world he understood some fundamental truths that today are confirmed by science.

Galileo decided to improve a tool invented in The Netherlands: the telescope. He used this tool to watch distant ships and the stars, and he made some important discoveries which were unfortunately really unpopular in those times. For example, he understood that it is the Earth that turns around the Sun, and not the opposite, and this fact helped other scientists to keep discovering new things.


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