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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Google celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's Telescope

Google Celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's Telescope. For those who don't know who Galileo is, he was an Italian 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 observational astronomy," the "Father of modern physics," the "Father of science," and the "Father of Modern Science."

On August 25th, 1609, Galileo showed off his unique creation to a group of Venetian merchants. The object was able to magnify the night sky, revealing celestial objects nobody could ever find or study before. This unique creation came to be known as the Telescope.

That invention forever changed the faces and foundations of science, philosophy, religion, society, and history. Now, exactly 400 years later, the web under Google's lead, has begun its celebration of this monumental achievement, most notably with a stylized Google logo.

Clicking on the logo will initiate a search query with the keyword "Galileo's Telescope."

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