Galileo Galilei

I’m certain that you’ve heard some people say a certain name,

And if you’ve ever said it then you know it’s fun to say.

But do you know the story of the man behind the name?

This brilliant man whose name was Galileo Galilei.

 

Scientist, mathematician, and philosopher by trade;

Inventor too and engineer was Mr. Galilei.

Such genius and ambition this Italian man displayed;

It’s not much of a mystery why he quickly rose to fame.

 

So many great discoveries and clever things he made;

Improved upon the telescope to look out into space.

Four giant moons near Jupiter he found, and even they

,Known as the Galilean moons, now share his charming name.

 

Europa, Io, Callisto, and Ganymede were they;

These moons, whose names from ancient Greece are kind of hard to say,

Were huge in size, but bigger was the impact that they made,

For they would shape the course of history for Galilei.

 

These were the first of objects to ever be found in space

That orbited another planet in a distant place;

These were the moons that Galileo found that fateful day

By looking through a special telescope that he had made.

 

“At last,” he thought, “this here is proof that finally lets me claim,

Not everything revolves around the earth, in fact I’ll state:

The earth revolves around the sun and not the other way!

”But almost everybody else had something else to say:

 

“How ludicrous, preposterous, and utterly insane;

Some other guy, Copernicus I think, once said the same!

Take back your bold beliefs, your mad remarks, and silly claims,

Or those of us in charge will firmly put you in your place!

 

”But his ideas changed the world and those that were afraid

Locked Galileo in his house and there they made him stay,

But not before he wrote a book so critically acclaimed

That made it sure his legacy and name would never fade.

 

For now we know how true they were, the many things he claimed;

The earth revolves around the sun and not the other way.

And now you know the story of the man behind the name,

This brilliant man whose name was Galileo Galilei.