Galileo's Inventions: Telescope is Today's Google Doodle
Today is the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope, and so Galileo is given the second-highest possible honor: a Google doodle*. Who invented the telescope? Hans Lippershy, Zacharias Janssen and Jacob Metius, but Galileo pimped it out.
Galileo used his steampunk contraption to tell a disbelieving world all about Jupiter's moons, and about our own moon's rocky complexion.
Some of Galileo's other inventions include the first thermometer and the compound microscope, as well as methods of determining gunpowder charges and canon elevation for blasting the crap out of stuff. Because of Galileo, we have Destroyed in Seconds. In general Galileo was really good at improving stuff that other people invented. If he were alive today, he'd have a show on Discovery Channel.
Galileo also drew the ire of the Catholic Church for daring to support the then-radical theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun.
*Of course, the first-highest honor is to be the subject of an Indigo Girls song, which Galileo Galilei can already claim.
So here's to you, Galileo: king of night vision, king of insiiiiiiiight.