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Natural Philosopher and Inventor

Galileo's career as a natural philosopher involved an ongoing study of natural motion, especially inertial motion and that of falling bodies, projectiles, and pendulums. His work helped lay the foundation for the new science of classical mechanics, which found its early modern culmination in the genius of Isaac Newton (1642–1727). In addition to the telescope, which he first turned toward the heavens in 1609, evidence suggests that Galileo contributed to the technological development, improvement, and scientific application of no fewer than eight other scientific instruments. These included the pulsilogium, a device that applied a pendulum to measure the human pulse, in 1583; a hydrostatic balance which he developed for his experiments on floating bodies, in 1586; the thermoscope, an early thermometer, in 1593; a geometrical and military compass, in 1597; a natural magnet called a loadstone used to further the new science of magnetism, in 1601; the microscope, in 1610; the...

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