20 Historical Figures that We Would Love to Bring Back from the Dead
20 Historical Figures that We Would Love to Bring Back from the Dead

20 Historical Figures that We Would Love to Bring Back from the Dead

Steve - August 4, 2019

20 Historical Figures that We Would Love to Bring Back from the Dead
Portrait of Galileo Galilei, by Justus Sustermans (c. 1640). Wikimedia Commons.

1. The father of modern science, Galileo Galilei was persecuted by the Catholic Church despite the veracity of his claims

Considered the father of several disciplines and fields, including observational astronomy, modern physics, the scientific method, and even modern science in general, Galileo Galilei was an Italian polymath who lived during the Renaissance period. Championing the heliocentric interpretation of the universe proposed by Copernicus in 1543 – twenty-one years prior to Galileo’s own birth – in opposition to the prevailing geocentric models of the time, Galileo’s consistent and ardent defense of the theory ultimately attracted unsavory attention. Drawing the ire of the Roman Inquisition, after decades of ill-treatment and abuse Galileo was eventually accused of heresy in 1633.

Found “vehemently suspect of heresy”, Galileo was forced to recant his scientific beliefs, in particular, that the Sun lies at the center and around which the Earth revolves. Sentenced to life imprisonment, commuted to house arrest, for the remainder of his life, Galileo used his final years to condense and publish prior research and ideas on subjects of physics spanning speed and gravity to relativity and motion. One of the foremost scientists in human history, Galileo deserves not only to know his steady conviction in his theories was well-founded but to experience the wonders of the modern age he helped to build.

 

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