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Assignment about Galileo and his contributions to science

  1. Sep 18, 2005 #1
    hi im doing an assignment on Galileo in which i have to disscuss and evaluate this quotation:
    "One of Galileo's greatest contributions to science was the establishment of the scientific method-that is investigation through experiment"

    Ive done some stuff on the scientific method but i also need to write about:

    *Inductive versus deductive reasoning
    *Geocentric versus heliocentric model of the universe

    I've looked through all of my textbooks but i can't find anything about these.

    Please can someone explain to me what these terms mean in simple words, because some of the websites which i looked at didn't make much sense to me. :confused:
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 18, 2005 #2
    As far as I know, inductive reasoning is to formulate new ideas and theories rather than using what you already know and has been discovered by others (=deductive). Heliocentric is Galileo's theory of the sun being the center (of the solar system), rather than it being the earth (=geocentric).

    Hope that helps!
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