This antique-design puzzle is a great history gift. The challenge is to rebuild the separate wooden pieces into a globe.
It is inspired by the Italian sixteenth century Astronomer, Galileo, who claimed that the Earth was not at the centre of the universe- a highly controversial theory at the time which lead to him spending the rest of his life under house arrest. Now, however, his claims are widely accepted as fact. This puzzle pays tribute to his genius.
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Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was an Italian Scientist and Astronomer. As well as the telescope, he also developed the compass and the thermometer. He claimed that the Earth was not the centre of the Universe but that the planets, including Earth, orbited around the sun- a controversial theory at the time. By watching a lamp swinging in a cathedral, he made discoveries about the perpetual motion of a pendulum. He worked out that a cannonball fired from a cannon follows a special kind of curve called a parabula. His famous experiment at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa demonstrated that objects of different weights will fall at the same speed.
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Difficulty rating: 4 (a challenge, but instructions are provided).
Part of the 'Great Minds' range of puzzles from Professor Puzzle. Each character has been thoughtfully placed with a relevant puzzle and the products are finished in an antique style to give them an aged look. Every box has information and a brief history of the 'Great Mind' himself and how the man and puzzle are linked together.