Scientists want DNA tests on Galileo for "eye test" 科學家打算為伽利略驗DNA做「視力檢查」


Italian and British Scientists want to exhume the body of 16th century astronomer Galileo for DNA tests to determine if his severe vision problems may have affected some of his findings.


Galileo, whom the Vatican condemned for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun, is known to have had intermittent eye problems for the second half of his life and was totally blind for his last two years.


One of the "errors" that Galileo made, which Galluzzi suspects may have been attributed to his bad eyesight, is that he believed Saturn was not perfectly round but may have had an irregular, inflated side. He might have mistaken Saturn’s gaseous ring to surmise that it was formed of one planet with two moons as satellites.


"If we knew exactly what was wrong with his eyes we could use computer models to recreate what he saw in his telescope," said Paolo Galluzzi, director of the Museum of History and Science in Florence, the city where Galileo is buried.



exhume:動詞,挖出。例句:The prosecutor ordered to exhume the victim’s body to investigate the cause of his death.(檢察官下令挖出受害者的遺體以調查他的死因。)

revolve around:動詞片語,以某物為中心旋轉、以某人、某物為重心。例句:She’s so ego and seems to think that the whole world revolves around her.(她很自以為是,以為她最重要。)

surmise:動詞、名詞,推測、猜測。例句:He has proved that his surmise is true.(他證明了他的推測是對的。)

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