Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is part of the Inventors' Specials, an award-winning series of programs for children, introducing them to some of the world's leading scientists and inventors. This episode features the great astronomer, Galileo. The account is presented in fictionalized fashion, and focuses on the relationship between Galileo and his apprentice, Cosimo de Medici II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Many of Galileo's discoveries are illustrated, such as his revolutionary gravitational idea that all objects, regardless of their weight, fall at the same rate of speed. The incredible story is told of Galileo's trial and imprisonment for maintaining that the sun was the center of the universe.
astronomy, physics, scientist