Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was a Dad, a scientist, an engineer, an entrepreneur, coach of the community and the founder of modern astronomy. In Galileo's time, captains of ships had begun to adventure forth in exploration of the entire Earth and the first settlement in America was established (May 1607) by the Virginia Company of London as 'Jamestown.' As a Dad, he was especially loved by his children who were very close to him throughout his life. His son Vicenzo acted as a scribe in his blind fathers old age and his two daughters were devoted to him. It was Galileo who established the application of the refracting telescope as a means to confirm that, indeed, Earth and the local planets revolved around the sun. His study of comets, the moons of Jupiter, the phases of Venus and the establishment of 'longitude' as a concrete understanding made verifiable by the invention of his new product, a military compass.
|Virginia, one of Dad's princesses|
It was because of his military compass, that the 'concept' of longitude could be understood and charted out. His military compass worked shoulder to shoulder with his confirmation of heliocentricity and his findings that time could be clocked by the planets allowing for sea-faring captains to plot their courses with incredible precision. This ability to identify one's geographical position long before we had 'GPS' on our smart phones was a game changer that disrupted how maps were made, boats were sailed, how generals and kings practiced strategy, tactics and movement in time of war, how land was surveyed and even how far (parabola) a cannon ball could fly by measuring its weight and how much gun powder was needed to fire it.
|Coach Galileo in prison.|
|Coach Galileo with one of his royal patrons.|
Some of his ideas were failures, yet that did not stop him from failing forward. Galileo refuted Johannes Keppler on the theory that the planets rotated in an elliptical manner. Galileo maintained that they rotated in a perfect circular orbit instead. In like manner, Galileo studied the changing ocean tides and incorrectly concluded that the large movement of water was caused by the speed and axis movement rotation of the Earth, rather than the pull of the Moon.
When not in jail, he counted princes, cardinals and noble men amongst his patrons and spent his life being a Dad, innovating with new ideas that changed the course of humanity, engineering them into reality and coaching others along the way.
For all intents and purposes, Galileo Galilei, was a proactive member of his community and this makes him #HotterThanFireForOthers.
|Coach Galileo being quizzed by the Spanish Inquisition|
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