On this day in 1609, Galileo went before the Venetian Senate to present his telescope. Although he presented this as his own invention, he did get some inspiration from Dutch spectacle makers who, earlier had combined lenses to create…erm, well…. the telescope. (To be fair, Galileo’s telescope was an improvement on the original.) (And he rocked even harder and used it to change the world.)
Regardless, Galileo’s presentation to the Senate was very successful: he garnered a lifelong appointment to the University of Padua, and with his telescope he was able to see three moons of Jupiter, observe the phases of Venus, prove heliocentrism, and, well, you know, change the world. (Rocking harder, like I said.)
On this day in 2008 I’m on my way across the country, stopping first in Boulder, and then on to Dragon*Con on Thursday. I will rock as hard as I can, but I’m not promising anything world changing.
Oh, I’m bringing 2009 Skepchick and Skepdude Calendars to D*C, don’t you know, and they’ll be for sale through out the weekend. If you want to have them signed, this is the last chance this year. Ben Radford, D.J. Grothe, Richard Saunders, Alison Smith, and my own self will be there with Sharpies. Same pricing as ever: $20 for one, $35 for two.
One more thing: so many people have asked me when the 2010 applications will be up. Although it is not yet even 2009, if you’re ready, I’m ready. Click here if you’re interested in applying, and be on your merry way!