Tourists are flocking to see a rather gruesome display in Florence, Italy. The Museum of the History of Science has re-opened after years of renovation with a display of two of Galileo’s fingers. These fingers have been added to a pre-existing finger and tooth from the astronomer. The museum has been renamed The Galileo Museum — fitting since he is an actual part of the collection.
A thumb and middle finger were acquired in an auction and “recognized” as being from the scientist. When Galileo died in 1642, his followers honored him by removing his fingers, tooth, and a vertebra as keepsakes.
If you are looking for the vertebra, it is being kept at the University of Padua, where Galileo once taught.
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