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Old 26 April 2009, 09:49 PM
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Old 26 April 2009, 09:50 PM
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This is chronologically possible since Harvard College was founded in 1636 and Galileo died in 1642, but I'd say it's unlikely because:

a) Galileo spent the last nine years of his life under house arrest in Florence.

b) The early Harvard College's emphasis was on producing "literate [Protestant] ministers," so they probably had no interest in bringing someone like Galileo on board.

c) At its founding in 1636, Harvard College had "nine students with a single master," so they probably weren't looking to spend money on recruiting foreign professors from abroad.

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Besides, everyone knows Galileo was a Yaley. *snooty laugh*
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Why would he even want to go there? 17th Century Boston was a backwater colony. It would be like Steven Hawking leaving Cambridge to accept a seat at a one-room schoolhouse on the African Savannah.
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Not to mention the fact that Harvard was one of the last institutions to switch from teaching the Ptolemaic system to the Copernican system (of which Galileo was an staunch advocate).

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