Roman Time 4

Santa Maria Angeli Pendulum

As well as the giant sundial in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, which we featured a few days back, there is also this interesting pendulum.

Galileo came up with the idea of the pendulum as a way of measuring time. He also invented (or maybe reinvented) the telescope and discovered that the earth rotates around the sun, not vice versa. There is a statue of the great scientist in the courtyard of Santa Maria degli Angeli.

Santa Maria Angeli Galileo

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