Scientists want Galileo exhumed to test eyesight

Scientists want Galileo exhumed to test eyesight

The body of astronomer Galileo may be exhumed in order to run tests on his eyesight, it has been reported.

British and Italian scientists spoke to Reuters about their wish to perform DNA tests on his remains to see how his sight trouble might have affected his research.

Paolo Galluzi, director of the Museum of History and Science in Florence, told the news provider that Galileo believed Saturn not to be a perfect sphere and that this may have been due to problems with his vision.

Mr Galluzi said it would be "extraordinary" to uncover what Galileo was seeing.

"If we discover the pathology he suffered, we can formulate a mathematical model that simulates the effects it would have had on what he saw and using the same type of telescope he used we can get closer to what he actually saw," he explained.

Often referred to as the father of astronomy, Galileo was an Italian physicist, astronomer and mathematician who lived from 1564 to 1642.

by Alexa Kaczka

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