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jake foraker (Student)
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Melvin Peralta (Student)
Dannah Sanchez (Student)
Dr. Troy Tenhet Ed.D. (Teacher (K-12))
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Jessica Clifford (Student)
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Antonio Alanis Correa (Student)
Kimberly Nguyen (Student)
accomplishments. However I dont think alot of this information is nessesary and
can be compiled into smaller tid bits such as his life and how he grew up. I
would have much rather read alot about his mathematical contributions and what
he basically became famous for in math. I didnt really need to know about his
love for music and then having to read on until much later down the page where
he finally wrote a book.
Nicky Thortis (Student)
as well as his passion for religion. If anyone has done even a little bit of
research they would know that math/science mixes with religion as well as oil
and water. To see his take on the religious aspects in addition to the
mathematical side puts his whole view into another category.
I spent about 10 minutes reading this article, but I tried to pull out the
"meat" of the article.
overwhelming. They included a lot of unneccesary information (at least for this
assignment). I would have liked for them to go more into the content of what
he accomplished rather than short overviews. The article was still very
Ross macdonald (Student)
Galileo that I never knew, some interesting tidbits about his childhood, how he
almost didnt become a mathemetician. Y ou can tell that the writer did his
research, but the page is a little dry, too factual. THere is a lot of
interesting information, just not conected in a very conversational way.
Marc Muniz (Student)
mathematical achievements, from his theory of motion to his early work with
astronomy and telescopes its all here. This web site offers a lot of
information; it presents a background of his life as well as a brief explanation
of his family?s life. It covers his life and achievements in order of when it
happened starting from his childhood a following him until is adult years. It
explains a few of his concepts, but they are difficult to understand simply
because the level of material is at a skilled level. But for those who don?t
mind reading and rereading, this site has a lot of interesting information to
show. It is useful as a math or history resource.
Annie Hong (Student)
thing that caught my attention. I printed out the page so that I can high light
what I thought would be useful while I skimmied the reading. I did that for
about 15 minutes. I was really surprise to find out so much information about
Galileo that I didn't know before. The information was more in depth than any
text books I have read. I think this was a great page for people who want to do
more research on Galileo. There was a lot of information but it was written in a
simple language for anyone to understand. As a first time user myself, I can
say that this website was really easy to use.
Kevin Henry (Student)
done to help math and science. I made sure I understood Copernicus theory so I
can understand more about what Galileo thought. I tried to read the whole site
and undertand what all he had done and what he went through to change the minds
of many people about Astronomy.
The quality of this content is really good. I learned a lot from this site, a
lot of stuff I didn't even know Galileo was associated with. I enjoyed his
struggle to get into math, even though his father disagreed and wanted him to be
in the medical field. I didn't even know he was that big inastronomy either,
for some reason I thought it was more mathematics. He developed a very
descriptive telescope and from there he had his ideas on the universe. He
believed the earth went around the sun and many people disagreed with this,and
late inhis life he was sent to jail, well house arrest for his theories that
Earth was the center of the universe.
I feel this would be a good teaching instrument for the youth and for higher
education. Not only is this a good documentary for learning of a highly regarded
scientist/mathematician, it shows you about how the world was and how the ideas
we have now were created. Back then it was all ideas and they spent their
lives proving the things we take advantage of today. You can use this to teach
the things I have said, can be used to teach about ancient religions and the
struggles to teach new ideas. I feel first time users will enjoy this. There
is nothing hard about the site, you just have to read the site and if your
confused it is set up to click on the unfamiliar subject and get caught up in
the subject itself.
Kathy Phelan (Student)
early November. I spent a long time reading and learning about Galileo. I have
always been fascinated by what he did -- and admittedly, didn't know about much
of what he did until I read this. My husband loves the stars and thinks he can
identify every start in the cosmos. It's interesting to me how wonderful
astronomy and the work of Galileo touch peop
by the previous one I had visited.
Jonathon Plambeck (Student)
interesting. Why? When I was younger used to hear of Galileo because of a
program at NASA. I had not known the significance of what Galileo did in the
developing of math and science used today. Now knowing his back ground and all
he did I can relate it to the NASA program that was exploring space and
Anthony olmos (Student)
how math and astronomy always tie into together.I learned about Galileo and his
discoveries of the solar system and his modles of the solar system. It was
interesting to see that this man was the inventor of the telescope and he even
studied medicine.He changed the world with his discoveries and he was thinking
about things nobody ever thought about.The information was very interesting and
detailed. It took me about 45 minutes to navigate through all of the remarkable
information which is not that long taken to accord all this mans astonishing
through. Very easy to go through.
the history and how things developed in the unviverse. from the history and all
the data we can see how the developement of the properties and theories came
together from one genertaion of atronomers to the next in order to have our
solar system finally understood today. the development of the telescope was
giant step and the data collected by Galileo were great parts of the foundation
of today. this would be useful for reports since it's very simple and easy to
read and had links to other site with further information to continue the whole
history of the universe. i think this is a good source for teaching and
Fernando Brasil (Student)
Dr. O'Conner's paper on Galileo Galilei.
I knew that he was an astronomer; but I had no idea of his other
accomplishments. For example,his design of a pendulum clock.
I learned interesting things about Galileo. He was born in Florence in 1564. As
a young boy he was educated in a monastery. He studied medicine ;but this was
not his true passion. His son Vincenzo tried to make a clock using his Father's
plans- but failed.
This paper can definitley be used to increase ones' knowledge of Galileo.
It does take patience to get through some of the material.
Ian Sivertstol (Student)
merlot site. I spend around an hour reading what the authors had to say and
browsing the many different related links. It was particularly facinating to me
to learn of Galileo's discoveries of our solar system and also his invention of
the telescope. The content quality of this website was exceptional in my opinion
and it could definitely benefit students to visit. I'm almost positive that it
would enhance a student's learning to visit this site and it would really help
faculty teaching to visit it as well.
reading, as well as a nice assortment of links at the bottom of the page.
Nhu Nguyen (Student)
amount of time to learn about the life and work of a well known scientist. I
read this article when I was writting a research about Galileo Galilei, and this
article helped me a lot in organizing my ideas. I also took a look at other
articles about Galileo, but they are not as well informed and presented
logically as this article. The content of this article is various and
educational. It supports us not only the relationship among Galieo with his
family, collgues and society, how they affect his career and work, but also his
great accopmlishments in modern sciences. His contributions to science -
formulation of the laws governing failing bodies, the invention
of the telescope, the discovery of the isochronism of the pendulum, and numerous
astronomical discoveries- has made him become the father of mathematics and
modern physics. Finally, if you are doing a research or gathering information
about Galileo or history of mathematics, this article is the best choice. The
article is written in time order, so it is easy to collect the ideas you need.
It is also acessible and has many images and links, which relate to other topics
Erica Gonzales (Student)
my astronomy class, and this site was great. It talked about how he invented
the telescope and how he used math to chart his findings in outerspace. I never
knew before that Galileo studied medicine. I really wish I would have know of
this site when I was taking my astronomy class it would have been very helpful.
I think it would work great in the class room or as a reference.
Jason Piraro (Student)
name in sicence class. it seems like he had a lot of different personailtys.
Barbra Bied Sperling (Staff)
something they enjoy. This man loved to learn about astronomy and mathematics.
His passion about the outer space and math appealed to me. He enjoyed looking at
the stars and he invented the telescope. The telescope was used by many ships
at sea. I have been on a ship before and that was interesting to me. Also, he
explored some of the planets that we know today. I also learned that he was the
man who said that the earth rotates around the sun. During his adult life this
became a serious issue to people at the time. Many people couldn't see through
his eyes and didn't believe him. If you are someone who enjoys looking at the
stars througha telescope then you will enjoy reading about this man. And, if
you are someone who needs information about astronomy then this site will help
you to write your paper. Also, you can look up other inventors in science and
math for your interests.
didn't disconnect and black out. It was very easy to go on the other links
listed towards the end of the page. And, it was easy to get it on the screen and
to go back to the previous screen.
Sarah Marquardt (Student)
Theres a lot of info on this site. Yes this site gives concepts that are
significant, like about him, background, what types of math, etc.I do think that
students will learn from this, but it has to be taught in the right way.Yes
first time users will find it easy, because I am a first time user and I'm doing
Kevin Kentner (Student)
to tell others of his findings regardless of the conseguences he could have
faced during those times. The material was very interesting explaining the
discoveries he had made with his telescope. A student could certainly use the
material for a research paper or presentation.
Noel Dietz (Student)
world's most interesting explorers of science and mathematics. I spent the
entire afternoon, not only studying this fascinating article about Galileo, but
also going from web site to related web site in search of more facts about this
most gifted man. The material presented by Dr. O'Connor and Professor Robertson
accurately reflects the many interesting and revolutionary contributions made
by Galileo as well as his controversial and unpleasant problems with the
Galileo was the first European to make systematic observations of the
heavens by menas of a telescope and made many remarkable discoveries: mountains
and craters on the moon, four moons revolving around Jupiter, the phases of
Venus, and sun spots. His published observations probably did more to make
Europeans aware of the new picture of the universe than the mathematical
theories offered by Copernicus and Kepler. His scholarly treaties were written
in Italian rather than Latin, making them more widely available to the public,
which no doubt alarmed the church authorities.
The authors of the article go into great detail explaining the problems of
the church and its inability to accept the true meaning of Galileo's
discoveries. I do believe, however, that they could have spent more time
detailing how the condemnation of Galileo by the Catholic Church seriously
hampered further scientific work in Italy, which had been, up to that point, at
the forefront of scientific innovation.
This article would be very appropriate for use in most math classes and it
is one of the best written about the details of Galileo's life while studying
mechanics after he was placed under house arrest by the church.
drawn to the many related web sites offered at the end of the article. The best
by far are "The Galileo Project" and "The Mathematical Discovery of Planets."
groundbreaking scientist, and is very simple to use, even for me. This is for
the most part a biography given for the purpose of understanding the scientist's
background for his work. The page is filled with maps to understand the region,
and historical backgrounds to understand the time and place that Galileo was
brought up in, and came to intellectual maturity in. Many essays serve as links
and are full of fascinating, useful, and well written articles. I spent a medium
ammount of time (oh, say 25 minutes) reading said articles, and gathering a
broad picture of the man, his historical controversies, and his theories,
experiments and discoveries. There is not much in the interactive category, but
I was not looking for it, rather looking for information and background, and I
recieved much. I think the collection of essays presented here are a fine guide
to teaching the work of this important figure. All should find access to these
pages easy, as they are mostly just essays.
studied medicine, he is remembered for his work on the telescope and theories of
space. Galileo believed that everything revolved around the sun. Most of the
astronomers at the time believed that everything but the earth and moon goes
around the sun which, in turn, goes around the earth. His teachings and
lectures disagree with the standard of society. Galileo continued to write and
smuggled out his articles outside the country. Learning about Galileo in public
school centered on his invention of the telescope and not his troubles with the
scientific community at the time, which this article pointed out. I gained a
lot of insight into the life of Galileo that I did not know. I connected to the
various links to other sites about his life because the article was very
Assal Shahnavaz (Student)
Sam Oshana (Student)
I spent an hour between browsing the Merlot website and reading this article.
I've always wanted to know what really had happened to Galileo Galilee after his
historical discovery in 1632. Galilee was and will always be a symbol of
courage to those who seek the truth and examine the facts carefully, and to
those who are not afraid to show the world a better way to advance and achieve.
Not only his discovery to the Earth's motion had ignited the courage in other
scientists to move forward and accomplish amazing discoveries by which this
generation is greatly benefiting from, but also his faith in changing the world
and his readiness to take the next step while many at his time preferred not to
do so, that kind of courage, had given us today, what we are proudly have
One thing, more or less, have stuck in my mind as I was reading the article, the
author is quoted to say:
"There eventually followed some expression of interest by the Inquisition. Prima
facie, Copernicanism was in contradiction with Scripture, and in 1616 Galileo
was given some kind of secret, but official, warning that he was not to defend
For being a student of different religions, I beg to differ, and I wish to be
corrected if I were wrong. In the Old Testament, in Isa. 40:22 the passage
states that the Earth is circular. "Khoog" in Hebrew. That shows that the
scriptures were not in conflict with Galilee's discovery, instead it shows that
the Church authorities at the time were very ignorant of their own theology!
I have greatly benefited from the article knowing for the first time that
Galilee was a Mathematician as well as an astronomer and philosopher.
quite a while looking through this web site. I loved that it had a lot of
interesting parts to keep my intrest. I think that this is a great website to
find a plentiful amount of information.
Ken Miguel (Student)
indeed. I told myself that I was just going to take about five minutes to browse
through the site but the more I looked around, the more I was fascinated into
the reading of important people in math history like Isaac Newton and Mr.
On the quality of content, I felt that the site covered it well. What I
liked about the readings on Galilei was how there are links that you can click
on pertaining to a connection on the material being read. For example, Galileo
talked about how he was a "Copernican" (believer in the theories of Copernicus).
You can click on "Copernicus" link and magically you will be informed on the
theories of Copernicus.
Indeed the potential effectiveness for enhancing teaching and learning will
be enhanced. If a site can offer great material for research, a network for
people with the common interest, and easy to use, than this is the only site
gloria hernandez (Student)
was easy to read and there was useful material such as the links that were
included for further research on this "nobleman of Florence". Interesting to
know that he was a professional musician, and he studied medicine, matematics
and philosophy. Overall it was exellent. One of the sites "The matematical
discovery of planets" was really interesting and usefull.
of the information that had read. If i was had to do an essay in my astro
class this site would have been really helpful & this site would have been
helpful to me when i was taking the astro class. The information that was
giving would have been a good way for me to study for my astor class. The
content is the same as the text book that i used in class so not much of the
content was hard to read. Yes this site would have help enhance my learning if
i had knew about this site a year ago. The material that was giving was easy to
remember maybe because i had already learn it. Anyways only if i knew about
this site before it would have help me got an better grade in that class.
Eliza Bermudez (Student)
Galilei. I've been a fan of astronomy since I was young. Learning about the
history of Galileo was amazing to me to find out that he was a great
mathematician, along with a science philospher & an astronomer. The potential
effectiveness of the information was great. This will allow students to gather
information for homework and projects. The material on the site was easy once
you've been in a few times.
It took me that long not because it was hard to understand, but because his
article stimulated me to know more about him from different sources. Reading
about Galileo, to me, is reading about an endless river of knowledge and
The material accurately presented concepts and model that are educationally
significant, and it was amazing to know that all characters of a scholar were
named in this genius man. In other words, he was only a great mathematician,
but also a science philosopher, an astronomer and also a physician.
The potential effectiveness for enhancing teaching and learning was clear and
excellent. Definitely it was used properly, and the students? learning and
faculty?s teaching will be enhanced. For an instance, I?ve always thought, as a
kid and until now, that Galileo?s main discovery was to know what mathematical
law governs the accelerated motion. Why I used to think that? Cause I remember
watching a cartoon about Galileo when I was a kid. It?s amazing how I still
remember that cartoon until now, but I was totally wrong to think that Galileo?s
investigation about the accelerated motion was his main theory, because as I
read from his article and other sources, he had numerous theories and
discoveries that still teaches us until this day and this moment.
As a first time user it was not very easy to use the software because I had to
refer to my teacher and be sure where exactly I need to go to submit my
damian camarena (Student)
had not been for Galileo, I would probably not have grown to enjoy astronomy so
much because there would not be a telescope to enable me to into the galaxy.
It's too bad he was condemed for all he did. I spent about 25 minutes reading
through this site and thought all the information was helpful and enjoyable.
Very well put together
Dan Elrick (Faculty)
about his contribution to math. He would be a great choice for a math report
because of the math history. This site provides many easy to use links as well,
which would help in providing information for any type of research. This is a
great site and I highly encourage the use of it, especially if you are a history
Luke Snider (Student)
much and because of it, he was condemned. He was against the norm in a way
because the people of that time were using Tycho's type of thinking. Overall it
was very insightful and could be used to do a great research project. His ideas
and discoveries are why he was an important man in the field of mathematics.
Kim Nguyen (Student)
And yes, I think the information was very enlightening and would be quite helpful in
This site gives a lot of useful additional information, cross-references, and links, etc. Overall, I think it was very thorough and well-written.
Due Nguyen (Student)
INTERESTING TO ME. IT CONTAINS SOME OF GENERALLY SIGNIFICANT CONCEPTS WHICH
ABOUT PHYSICS, MATHEMATICS AND GALILEO'S BACKGROUND AS WELL. IT IS REALLY
FOR US WHO ARE TEACHING AND LEARNING ABOUT SCIENCE.
JUAN MARTINEZ (Student)
AND A TOUGHT THAT THIS SITE GOES IN TO DETAIL
ON THE FAMOUS PERSONS WHO STUDIED THE PAST SKY.
AND MADE ME THINK HOW WELL THEY DID, AND IS
VERY EASY TO NAVIGATE THE THIS SITE.