- Year of Discovery: 1598
- What Is It? Objects fall at the same speed regardless of their weight.
- Who Discovered It? Galileo Galilei
- Why Is This One of the Science Greatest?
It seems a simple and obvious discovery. Heavier objects don’t fall faster. Why does it qualify as one of the great discoveries? Because it ended the practice of science based on the ancient Greek theories of Aristotle and Ptolemy and launched modern science. Galileo’s discovery brought physics into the Renaissance and the modern age. It laid the foundation for Newton’s discoveries of universal gravitation and his laws of motion. Galileo’s work was an essential building block of modern physics and engineering.
- Fun Facts: Speaking of falling objects, the highest speed ever reached by a woman in a speed skydiving competition is 432.12 kph (268.5 mph). Italian daredevil Lucia Bottari achieved this record-breaking velocity above Bottens, Switzerland, on September 16, 2002, during the annual Speed Skydiving World Cup.
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