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Galileo: A Typical Renaissance Astronomer Essay

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The Renaissance is known as a time of rebirth of thinking, learning, and teaching. One of the main changes associated with this time is the expansion of culture and intellect. It was a time of changes that included new and different ways of gaining knowledge, the general expansion of the sharing of knowledge, and broadened scholastic authority; all of which are exemplified by Galileo Galilei and his works. Galileo is an excellent example of a typical Renaissance astronomer.

Prior to the Renaissance, scholar’s blindly followed Aristotle and his works on the philosophy of nature. It wasn’t until the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries that scholars began to challenge the works of Aristotle. ...view middle of the document...

Another factor to notice in this excerpt is the part about demonstration. Until the Renaissance began experimentation was not common and its effectiveness went unnoticed. Galileo, being heavily influenced by the Renaissance, used experiments often and was thus able to prove his theories. Without experimentation’s newfound popularity Galileo would not have been unable to prove his laws of motion (and other various laws) truthful. This new use of experimentation that came along with the Renaissance can also be observed in the area of anatomy, where scholar’s were able to dissect the human body and finally understand its functions.

Another factor that led to Galileo’s success as a Renaissance astronomer was the availability of information. Prior to the Renaissance, books were in short supply. Initially, a single bible would cost a clerk three years of work’s pay, but prices dropped and books became available to people who had never seen a book before. This new availability of information led to a heightened demand for knowledge and information. It also gave way to increased number of aspiring scholars. Having books available for everyone allowed people to educate themselves and inspired critical thinking. Both of these factors combined led to many more theories, published works, inventions, and experiments. All of this intellectual progress triggered by the newly available scholastic material resulted in a large amount of hopeful scholars, Galileo being one of them.

Along with the printing press and the widespread availability of books, came patronage. This method of teaching consisted of scholars who would teach dukes, princes, and anyone else with the finances to be taught. Scholar’s would work their way up the ladder of patronage by teaching people higher and higher up the socioeconomic ladder. Patronage was extremely popular during the...

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