Year 1600 A.D.

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Year 1600 AD People, war, and settlements came unto the year of 1600 to make history. Many events that happened in this year shaped our future, and yet we sometimes forget that without those events, the world would be different as we see it now. Throughout the world, the timeline gradually expands and many intervals, which have been created to create today, are unknown. The year 1600 is one of the many sculptors in history that molded our growing world.

One highlight of the year is when Galileo took a step forward to share the world of his knowledge. His brilliance and intelligence contributed to the world. Galileo, 1564-1642, was an Italian physicist and astronomer. In 1589 he became a professor of mathematics at Pisa. At this time, he was reported to have shown his students the error of Aristotle's theory: Speed of fall is proportional to weight. He proved it wrong by simply dropping two objects with different weight simultaneously from the Leaning Tower.

It was then when he proved that the speed of the fall isn't proportional to weight because they fell at the same rate. Galileo also invented a calculating compass for the solution of mathematical problems. He also turned the unproved physics to careful measurements, discovered the law of falling bodies and of the orbital path of projectiles, studied the motions of pendulums, and studied mechanics and the strength of materials#. In August of 1609, he presented a telescope about as powerful as a modern field glass. Its value for naval operations resulted in the doubling of his salary and the promise of lifelong occupation as a professor. By December 1609, Galileo had already built a telescope with 20 times magnification. With this powerful telescope, he discovered mountains and craters on the moon. He also discovered...