Galileo Galilei could be defined as a man of science and an astronomer. We believe he was also a Modern Dreamer. We explain why.
The story of Galileo Galilei: his revolutionary discoveries
The portrait of the great Galileo Galilei scientist who pushed man to question the universe and its mysteries is now known to all.
Over the years, historians have outlined his figure. Born in Pisa, inventor, physicist and astronomer Galileo is known above all for both the invention of the telescope and for its revolutionary character.
As is now known, on 21 August 1609 the scientist presented his invention to the Doge of Venice. To do this, he tested his new instrument from the bell tower of San Marco.
Thanks to two lenses (one concave and one convex), Galileo demonstrated how it was possible to “approach” the sight of very distant objects.
Today we usually define the instrument as a “telescope”, yet the prototype of the Pisan astronomer was nothing but a telescope.
Galileo’s revolution is not “only” in the instrument itself, but above all in having had the revolutionary idea of changing visual perspective. Raising his eyes to the sky, the scientist radically changed the way of observing the world.
Thanks to this revolution, in fact, Galileo was able to observe the Moon, describe its mountains and craters and calculate the distance between the stars.
Observing the sky, the scientist was able to rely on what Copernicus theorized years earlier, giving a more tangible explanation.
Galileo the revolutionary dreamer
Precisely for this reason, if today we turn our gaze to the Moon we owe it to Galileo.
Before becoming a “revolution”, his idea was a real dream: to give man an extra perspective.
Thanks to it, we arrived on the Moon and continually dreamed of poems and literature about it.
The LERÊVERIES community, we strongly believe that looking elsewhere by changing perspective is the basis of being “modern dreamers”. In this, Galileo was the precursor.