Happy Birthday Museo Galileo!
On the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of Museo Galileo and of the 5th centenary of the death of Amerigo Vespucci, we are proud to release the virtual exhibition entitled Amerigo Vespucci at the museum. 1512-2012: Evidences related to Vespucci in Museo Galileo's collections.
The octant is a reflection instrument designed by John Hadley c. 1731. It is used to measure the altitude of the Sun or a celestial body above the horizon at sea.
Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512)
After a humanist education in fifteenth-century Florence, Amerigo Vespucci engaged in commercial and financial ventures. Sent to Seville by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, he settled there and began to work with the Spanish and Portuguese travelers...
In memory of Paolo Rossi
On the 14th of January 2012 Paolo Rossi died in Florence from a grave blood disease, and with his passing one of the most important voices in Italy in the history of philosophy and the history of science from the second half of the twentieth century has been silenced.