Galileo did not invent the telescope, but after the Dutch spectacle maker Hans Lippershey applied (and was turned down) for a patent on his spyglass in autumn of 1608, Galileo became interested in this contraption. Galileo constructed a 9X telescope by August 1609 and then around the first of December, Galileo completed his creation of a 20X telescope that allowed him to see the Moon and other celestial bodies like nobody ever had done before. In March of 1610, he published more than seventy drawings of his Moon observations that showed the Moon had a rough surface covered with mountains and craters. This was in direct opposition to the Church’s doctrine (and Aristotelian philosophy), which insisted that the Moon, as a heavenly body, was perfectly smooth and spherical.
Galileo said, “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”
Li selected me to submit a quote from somebody whose surname starts with the letter G, so I went with Galileo.
Rory took the letter A
Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean,
man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives.
Man’s life is independent.
He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self too.”
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
Paula took B
“The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” ~ James Baldwin
King Ben’s Grandma took C
“To me, the progress of society consists in nothing more than in bringing out the individual, in giving him a consciousness of his own being, and in quickening him to strengthen and elevate his own mind.”
WILLIAM E. CHANNING, Thoughts
Beckie took D
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
~ Frederick Douglass
Sadje took E
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein
Li took F
“It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.”— Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
I hope that Punam paeansunpluggedblog songs unheard by the poet next door will take over with the next letter being H for this quote game that was started by Rory.