Father of modern astronomy who developed early telescopes and observed some celestial features for the first time, such as mountains on the moon. A defender of the Copernican system, which displaced the Earth (and therefore, humankind) as center of the universe.

Articles on that refer to Galileo

Consciousness By John Searle
It Takes a Giant Cosmos to Create Life and Mind By James N. Gardner
Are We Becoming An Endangered Species? Technology and Ethics in the 21st Century By Washington National Cathedral
Inventing Modern America: Book Launch and Panel Discussion with Lemelson-Prize Inventors By and Lucas Hendrich
Chapter 3: Organism and Machine By Michael Denton
Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III By William B. Scott

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Galileo Galilei
The Galileo Project