Galileo's fingers in museum

Galileo's fingers -- and a tooth -- go on display in a Florence museum

Published June 8, 2010 2:27PM (EDT)

Two of Galileo's fingers, removed from his corpse in the 18th century, have gone on display in a Florence museum dedicated to scientific discovery and now named after the astronomer.

The Museum of the History of Science shut down for two years for renovations. It reopened on Tuesday, calling itself The Galileo Museum.

Last year, the museum director announced that the thumb and middle finger from Galileo's right hand had turned up at an auction and were recognized as being the fingers of the scientist who died in 1642. Also going on display is his tooth.

Visitors can view what the museum says are the only surviving instruments designed and built by Galileo, including the lens of the telescope he used to discover Jupiter's moons.



By Associated Press

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