We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher
1564 – 1642
Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer and philosopher who made many significant contributions to modern science. Among his advancements were the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of Jupiter’s four largest satellites (since named the Galilean moons) and his continuous support of heliocentrism. Galileo also developed early forms of the thermometer, telescope and the geometric compass.
We all grow up incessantly asking our parents, teachers and peers ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’. Some people never stop. In the illuminating and very readable A Little History of Philosophy, Nigel Warburton tells us about 40 of the most special questioners a …
As today’s science make giant leaps of discovery, A Little History of Science boils down its long and complex history and links together its many different fields to tell the greatest story on earth. From the first civilisations who looked up at the st …