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July 5: Florence V August 3, 2010

Posted by msmith78 in Uncategorized.

Museo Galileo

This museum is in honor of Galileo who was spared prison and held under house arrest under the protection of the Medicis. The collection was first the Medici private collection, and then it was assumed by the Lorane family in the 1700s. The Palazza Vecio was once th home of the math and science room for the family. The major science observatory was moved due to light pollution to Specola. In 1966 there was a huge flood in which many of the instruments were lost. Something that is very important to surveying is that the bigger the angle you can create to conduct the measurements, the more accurate the projections of the distance of stars and the height of mountains can be. This concept was used in the star equipment from 1085 is an Arab tool used to map the stars, but there was still a prevalent belief that all of the stars were equally distant from the Earth. The nocturnal is an astrolabe used at night to tell time and determine the date using the north-star with fifteen degree shifts per hour. Spring clocks were some of the first trial non-sun related clocks, but due to the motion of the spring they ran fast one minute and slow the next. One of the most beautiful pieces in the collection was the Model of the Cosmos dating from 1588. It is three meters in diameter with different layers of the different planets and stars that when cranked can show you their patterns of movement.  With Galileo and his telescope, came the birth of modern astrology. Galileo was a professor at the University of Pisa (although he never graduated) working to support his sisters dowries and his own family. He moved to a better job in Padua where he sold composes, gave lectures, and gave lessons. One of his students was a Medici, and he would later finance and protect his teacher in his later life.

Pitti Palace

The Pita Palace’s façade’s seven original bays are at the center, and it was later enlarged, but the regular Renaissance pattern was easily transferred. The windows on the first level are of Michelangelo’s design. It was redesigned in 1588 by Amanti. The Piti’s were competitors with the Medici’s as bankers the building has the strong rustification at the bottom.

Medici Library Cloister

This was built at the same time as the church. The domed looking vaults with no groins are the brainchild of Brunelleschi, and they are called sailing vaults.


I think the development of the theories of sciences should be more heavily emphasized in our curriculum at Tech. As well the history or each of the perspective majors at Tech. I am studying the history of buildings out of my own interest within civil engineering, but there is no requirement or course for the respective majors to know where their major and future career started. How can we move forward in our fields if we don’t know the stepping-stones that got us there. We just accept to many aspects within our respective fields so that we can move onto the next step, but are we really ready for that next level of information. Will we really be able to understand it and retain it let alone use it properly?



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