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2010-06-09 12:30:00

Two of Galileo's fingers have gone on display in a Florence museum after admirers removed them from his corpse in the 18th century. The Museum of the History of Science had shut down for two years for renovations.  It reopened on Tuesday and renamed itself the Galileo Museum. The museum director announced last year 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.  The...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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