Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 08:05:14 -0600

Author: Gary Karshner

Subject: Re: Galileo Galilei


Nice question:
Tycho Brahe, and Michelangelo also come to mind. I have wondered
why; it is the Tychonic Universe, but not the Nicolaus Universe, as in
Nicolaus Copernicus. I suspect it has to do with the custom of the time.
The Greeks who were the models of these thinkers were all referred to by
their first and probably only name. If there is more then one of that name,
then they are referred to by where they are from, Hero of Alexandria, or a
place associated with them, like Eratostenes of Syene.

At 06:43 AM 11/15/02 -0500, you wrote:
>This is something I've wondered about for years: Why is Galileo the only
>scientist we (and textbooks) normally refer to by his first name (unlike
>Newton, Einstein, Joule, etc.)? I hear that Galileo was really his last
>name. Anybody know?