Historical Astronomers in Context

Galileo Galilei Birth: February 15, 1564.  Death: January 8, 1642

Justus Sustermans – Portrait of Galileo Galilei, 1636

Historical events:

The most important historical event in Galileo’s life should be Renaissance, during which Italy was the center of the revolution. Galileo was a leading figure in the scientific revolution during Renaissance. In that period, many achievements were made in fields such as painting, literature, music, astronomy, technology and exploration.

The other historical event I would like to mention is the colonization of America by European countries . That was a marking event for the Age of exploration. European countries gained lots of wealth through colonizing.

The Historical Figure and description :

The historical figure I want to mention is Willam Shakespeare. He was born on April 26, 1564 and died on April 23 1616. He lived at the same time with Galileo for 52 years. He was the greatest English writer. His work contributed greatly to the development of English literature and drama. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Othello were his representative work.

My reflection

It is very interesting for me to learn the information about these famous historical figures. Although they devoted themselves in different fields, their work and their contributions clearly pointed toward a same background: Renaissance. This historical period had impressive power promoting the emergence of geniuses. I think the most crucial motivation behind the promotion was the cultural value of Renaissance which inspired people to free their minds against feudalism. Generally speaking, the example of Renaissance proves that the development of humanity relies tremendously on a encouraging atmosphere of society.


16th century

17th century

William Shakespeare

Italian Renaissance

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