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The Sciences

The Night the Scientific Revolution Began

After turning his homemade telescope to the heavens, Galileo became the first person to see the moons of Jupiter, suggesting that not everything orbited Earth—and he jotted his world-changing notes on a piece of scrap paper.

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Science Historian Owen Gingerich describes how he recently discovered hand-written notes by Galileo pinpointing the moment in which he realized the Earth was not the center of the Universe.

Produced by Jessica Johnson, Mary Parker, Kristen Stivers, and Mark Zastrow of the Program in Science and Medical Journalism at Boston University.

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