People in History: A named Renaissance scientist

Galileo shows the leader of Venice how to use a telescope.
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A named Renaissance scientist

The Renaissance wasn't all about art. Many new scientific discoveries were made as well, one of the most famous being that the Earth revolves around the Sun. That discovery was made by a Polish scientist, Nicolas Copernicus, and also by an Italian called Galileo. Other discoveries were made about gravity and how the human body works.

Galileo is usually the Renaissance scientist you would talk about in a People in History question. Even if you haven't heard of him before, you probably know his name from Queen's song 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Galileo made quite a few discoveries, but some of his work got him into big trouble.

The advice below is for Galileo, but might be useful if you're studying a different scientist.

  • Name your scientist and give his background. Where was he born? When?
    • Galileo didn't want to be a scientist at first. Talk about what he did before science.
      • What inspired him to go into science? In Galileo's case he overheard a lecture. Explain what happened.
        • Now you can start talking about his discoveries. Try to mention three. 
          • Galileo is best known for supporting the theory that the earth revolves around the sun. What happened to him for this?
            • Finish up with his later years and death.


              So, in short...

              1. Name and background.
              2. What he did before science.
              3. What inspired him to go into science?
              4. Three discoveries.
              5. His support for the theory of the earth revolving around the sun and what happened to him.
              6. Later years and death.

              Don't...
              • say "Hi, I'm Galileo..." Like I said, this has to be in the third-person (describing other people).
              • name a term (like astronomy or inquisition) and then not explain it. You always get marks for explaining terms.
              • write anything irrelevant (unimportant). It is important that Galileo discovered the Theory of the Speed of Falling Bodies. It is not important that he had a big white beard. 

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