Often, I am amazed with people’s brilliance. I mean. How in the heck?
Tonight, I looked up to the night sky over the Cooper River. And in those stars, I could see Galileo. Yep. Galileo Galilei. He was born in Pisa, of all places. Now I don’t know if the tower was tilting at that point or not. But why is it…. that everyone thinks of the Leaning Tower when they hear Pisa. I propose we write a new slogan. “Pisa. Home of Galileo. He was smart as a whip.”
Indeed, he was one smart cookie. By golly, I think he WAS the sharpest tool in the shed, and the brightest bulb in the box. A physicist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and inventor. Old Galileo was the “Father of Modern Science” and more.
Galileo had a thing for the stars. Not like the National Enquirer has a thing for the stars. No. He championed Heliocentricism. It was first presented by Copernicus… but Galileo (and Kepler), brought it into the home stretch. But what a notion back then…. figuring that the earth moved around the sun… and not the other way around.
He was condemned by the religious factions for this theory, and more. Pope Urban VIII didn’t like him. He was tried by the Inquisition, and found guilty of being “vehemently suspect of heresy.” House arrest for the rest of his life.
He died on this date, in 1642. He was 77. He wasn’t buried very nicely at the time… because of being a heretic. Pope Urban saw to that.
So years later…. in 1737… they dug up old Galileo and buried him in the main vestibule of the Basilica of Santa Croce. But here is the thing. When they did it… they cut off three of his fingers and also took a tooth. Now… I don’t know why. And… I don’t know what happened to two of the fingers or the tooth.
But Galileo’s middle finger from his right hand is on exhibition at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy. It appears he was also the inventor of Flipping Someone The Bird… and now it is on display for all to see….. in Florence of all places.
Oh what a world we live in.
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo (born & raised in Pisa)